Friday, June 30, 2006













OK, so the hitnatkut is playing out pretty much the way the right said it would. We're back in Aza, what little diplomatic credit we might have had has dissipated, our deterrence is gone and our security is compromised. I don't expect hitnatkut supporters to admit that they were wrong. Those who wished to prove their virtuousness by compromising tribal interests (on the backs of others) still feel virtuous. Indeed, the greater the suffering of the tribe, the more evident their virtue.

But, to be fair, I suspect that there is something disengagement opponents are thinking but not saying, so let me say it. We pilloried and cursed Sharon for months. But during the latest crisis, as we watch the in-way-over-their-heads pair of Olmert and Peretz doing their Laurel and Hardy routine, who has not thought to himself: where the hell is Arik when you need him?

5 Comments:

Anonymous Dave said...

I've certainly thought about it.

And even on a bigger scale I wonder who could handle the looming Iran crisis - besides Arik. Certainly not Olmert or Peretz, but to be honest, not Bibi, or any current politician.

I guess the old adage is true - be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Ephraim said...

Don't worry. Hashem will save us as he always has.

Either that, or there will be a miracle.

11:01 PM  
Blogger bar_kochba132 said...

Please don't include me in the group that wants "ole' Arik" back. He was a walking disaster. Remember after the "Dolphinarium" in which 20+ young Israeli's were butchered? "RESTRAINT IS STRENGTH" That's what he said and he did nothing. Months later it took the Pesach Night Massacre in Netanya plus other atrocities at that time in 2002 to get him to move. Hundreds of people slaughtered and no response.
Then of course there was the War In Lebanon which everyone has forgotten-thousands of dead or wounded FOR NOTHING. He was a good battlefield commander, and nothing more. He was a disaster in politics, and he certainly was no statesman, unless you call being a lap dog for President Bush who when told to jump, his only reply was "how high?".

By saying you want him back you are falling into that trap that so many Israelis, particulary religious Zionists do--of wanting some "big daddy" to take care of us. In this era of post-Zionism in which only the worst people get to the top of the trash heap called "the Israeli government", there isn't going to be such a savior. Only pressure from the people, like the good burghers of Sederot, will move the regime in power to do what it is supposed to do-protect the citizens of the country.

5:29 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

BK,

The thrust of it was that Olmert and Peretz are even worse. I don't need a big daddy, just a steady trigger finger.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Jack's Shack said...

Hey, I was among the first to say that I was flat out wrong. And believe me, I hate saying it.

8:46 AM  

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