I thought the recent sniping in the media directed at Jimmy Carter underlines well one of the main problems in Israel. Jimmy Carter acknowledges that to make peace with someone it is probably a good idea to talk to them rather than talk about them and try to kill them. The U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan figured this out in a few short years unencumbered by 2700-year-old myth.
As long as Israel continues to look to the misguided Torah and nationalistic, ethnocentric military doctrine as a guide they will not find peace. There is no god/yahweh created power that will solve the problems between the Israelis and Palestinians. There are only the principles of human behavior. All of the wishing, prayer, complaining, editorializing, etc will not change human tendencies. The following quote presents one viable and much more effective approach to the problem than the current “eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth” tactics.
”..The counterinsurgency game has completely different rules. The goal here is to stabilize a government, not bring it down; to persuade people to cooperate, not bludgeon them into submission. In fact, many of these kinetic bombs-and-bullets activities can actually undermine a counterinsurgency, creating more enemies than they kill. “Some of the best weapons for counterinsurgency do not shoot,” Nagl’s counterinsurgency manual says. Instead, it advises troops to get to know the locals — both individually and as groups — and gain their trust. The locals generally know which of their neighbors are insurgents and which aren’t; they’re already plugged into the communal network. “Arguably,” the manual says, “the decisive battle is for the people’s minds.”“
“The American military is still mired in Iraq. It’s still stuck in Afghanistan, battling a resurgent Taliban. Rumsfeld has been forced out of the Pentagon. Dan Halutz, the Israeli Defense Forces chief of general staff and net-centric advocate who led the largely unsuccessful war in Lebanon in 2006, has been fired, too. In the past six years, the world’s most technologically sophisticated militaries have gone up against three seemingly primitive foes — and haven’t won once.
...John Nagl, one of the authors of the Army’s new counterinsurgency manual, isn’t impressed. He’s a lieutenant colonel and an Iraq vet, an Army batallion commander at Fort Riley in Kansas. He’s also the author of several influential articles and books about counterinsurgency, including Learning to Eat Soup With a Knife, an analysis of Vietnam and Malaya.
Yep…its that time again…time for the trolls to engage in their thoughtless, knee jerk reactions…my response to the inevitable ad hominem attacks is…Give it a F@#%$%# rest!!!