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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Screw You, Bibi

Netanyahu and a host of other Israeli apologists get around the barbarity of their actions by simply labeling every countervailing atrocity "Hamas".  The three dead Israeli teens that sparked this thing?  Hamas.  Every militant who attacks an Israeli soldier?  Hamas.  That nasty residue in your tub? Hamas.

I don't know a ton about the politics of Gaza, but I know there are dozens or more radical groups, all trying to establish their hardcore bonafides.  Just as Bibi Netanyahu has to appease Avigdor Lieberman, Hamas has to placate Islamic Jihad.

Both sides have now traveled so far down the road of demonizing and de-humanizing their opposition that it's almost impossible for them to see nuance.

So if Netanyahu doesn't want our advice or our help, maybe he can do without our weapons and our blanket get out of jail free card at the UN.


UPDATE:  This is an excellent account of the true complexity of the Palestinian - and some of the Israeli - politics at play.

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