The Might of Nation-States, The Temperaments of Ten-Year-Olds

The New York Times wowed everyone yesterday with its analysis of foreign policy at a third-grade level:

“In the cabinet room today there was an energy, a feeling that after so long of showing restraint we had finally acted,” said Mark Regev, spokesman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, speaking of the weekly government meeting that he attended.

Mark Heller, a senior researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, said that that energy reflected the deep feeling among average Israelis that the country had to regain its deterrent capacity.

“There has been a nagging sense of uncertainty in the last couple years of whether anyone is really afraid of Israel anymore,” he said. “The concern is that in the past — perhaps a mythical past — people didn’t mess with Israel because they were afraid of the consequences. Now the region is filled with provocative rhetoric about Israel the paper tiger. This operation is an attempt to re-establish the perception that if you provoke or attack you are going to pay a disproportionate price.

So the current Israeli strategy to deal with the constant threat of attacks on its southern flank is to defy international law openly through displays of murderous and wanton machismo and bravado. Or, in layman’s terms, play “I’m bigger than you are!” with Hamas. Great! I have hope for the future of lucrative warmongering and reports of more dead children.

At this point in time, I don’t feel reassured by the assertion that “any other sovereign nation would do the same” as Israel. I feel saddened that after all the events that led to the creation of the Israeli state, people’s bodies are still being used as tokens in a bloody game of geopolitical chess. I’m mourning with mothers and relatives on both sides of the conflict. And I’m having the audacity to hope that each side treats peace as a pathway by stopping the violence, not by rocketing and bombing their way through human bodies to another shoddy standstill.

Hat-tip to the Twitter, matttbastard via IM, and countries that cannot diplomatically brain cuz they can has teh fail.

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