Thursday, August 10, 2006

Wider "Clash Of Civilizations" Beckons

Seeing that the international community is in no hurry to help dig them out of the hole they are in, Israel has decided to expand the ground offensive that has thus far been less than effective against Hezbollah.

Making a bad matter worse seems to be the mantra. Maybe if they can piss off enough people in the region, events will escalate and the U.S. can be relied upon to join the fight.

That has to be the strategy. Viz the following:

(Eli Yishai, the Israeli trade minister) told reporters ... he believes the military should prolong its air campaign against rocket launchers. "In my opinion, entire villages should be eliminated from the air when we have verified information that Katyusha rockets are being fired from there," he said.

Guernica, anyone?

The diplomatic delaying tactic by the United States continues, with adverse consequences for Israel on the ground now, and probably for the U.S. soon. It is clear now why the neo-cons thought that John Bolton would be a good pick for U.S. ambassador to the U.N.. The "clash of civilizations" beckons:

(T)he United States has backed Israel's demand that it be permitted to remain in southern Lebanon until a new, larger and more muscular international force is brought in to supervise the 50-mile border and guarantee that Hezbollah can no longer attack Israeli cities. Bolton insisted that the United States is committed to ensuring an "effective security presence in the southern part of Lebanon as the Israeli forces withdraw."

"We don't want Hezbollah to re-infiltrate the southern part of Lebanon," he added.

That's putting the cart before the horse, to put it mildly.

Israel has been unable to eject Hezbollah from South Lebanon. Bolton is setting up as a diplomatic sticking point a fanciful scenario that is unrealistic in the short to mid term timetable for a cease-fire that the international community (sans the U.S.) recognizes as being essential for defusing a wider conflict.

A wider regional war against Islam is clearly the goal here of the United States. If the nearly month-long preclusion by the U.S. of effective diplomacy isn't evidence enough, the steadfast refusal to view events with the dispassionate clarity that real crises demand is an error of commission.

Errors of commission are usually not really errors at all.


Blogger Meatball One said...

Excellenté. Ya did it again. Now if you would just lay off your green tea addiction and write even more great pieces de synoptique...well, then I could fall off the wagon again.

8/10/2006 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Green tea addiction? Well I have a tea addiction myself -- but just regualr tea...

Of course it's not an error.

Misery loves company and the more that both sides can convince others to join in a free-for-all --the better...

Here is what Paul Levy in his article on Shadow Projection says:

In shadow projection, both parties, the projector of the shadow and the
recipient of the projection, are unconsciously “re-acting” to their own
projected darkness as it is reflected in each other, which just unwittingly
feeds and perpetuates the very darkness they are reacting to. In essence, they
are both asking the other to do something that they themselves are unwilling to
do. For example, both Israel and its enemies want the other to stop attacking
them, but they aren’t willing to stop attacking the enemy. This is the
convoluted logic of a traumatized (national) soul being played out on the
global stage.

I am going to email you the entire article because there is no link to it and I think it is really good.


8/10/2006 1:18 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


Thanks. One of my role models encouraged me to put more effort into my pieces.

And he was right.

I shall try to make it part of my practice.

8/10/2006 1:25 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


I am looking forward to reading the piece.

Jung's idea of the projection of the shadow explains many otherwise baffling interpersonal (and these days, international) conflicts.

8/10/2006 4:06 PM  

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