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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Israel or The USA, Which is the True World Power?

I'm really getting a kick out of the fact that the USA is so nervous about Israel policing Syria.  The link is from an article that topped the NY Times "Afternoon Update," which I get by email.
American and Israeli political analysts agree that Israel has little motive to intervene in Syria’s civil war, but that it is deeply concerned about the transfer of advanced weapons, as well as the danger that Mr. Assad’s stockpiles of chemical weapons could be used against it.

Take a look at a map and see how important it is to Israel that Syria remember that they will pay dearly for attacking us.

As you can see from the map, Israel's Golan Heights is full of small agricultural communities, lots of civilians.   The Golan Heights were liberated by Israel in the 1967 Six Days War.  Prior to that, the Syrians used the vantage to attack Israel's northern communities.

The Golan Heights and Syria are presently separated by "UNDOF Zone."  As we've seen many times in the past, the various United Nations peacekeeping sic forces  do not actively police between the countries. 
When there is an aggressor, however, when one side seeks to keep the peace and the other is devoted to its violation, as is now the case on the Golan Heights, the peacekeepers are asked to fill a role that they are, perhaps ironically, ill equipped to handle — actually keeping the peace.
On the Golan Heights, several experts say, the worsening situation is likely to lead to one of three options.
The first would see the retreat of the Golan peacekeepers, known as the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, or UNDOF, and the collapse of what has been a very successful peacekeeping program.
The second would see a shift in the force’s mandate, equipping it with more firepower and more authority, along the lines of the bolstered United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL.
The third would see a weakened force – much like UNIFIL before the Second Lebanon War of 2006 – that turns a blind eye to low-profile terror activity on one side of the border while vigorously documenting the violations by the IDF which are sure to follow.
They don't risk their lives fighting aggressors when one country invades or seriously threatens the other.  They leave.  That's what happened in the Suez Canal, when Egypt threatened to destroy Israel in 1967.  The UN made no effort to protect Israel against the three countries, Egypt, Jordan and Syria which announced to the world that their aim was to drive Israel into the sea.

And don't forget that the United States has never been quick to help an ally. 

That's right, not even when the German Nazis were invading Europe. The isolationists were ruling the State Department until America had no choice other than to join in the fight.  The same happened on the Pacific front.
The US was sucked further towards the conflict when its navy and air force began to ‘escort’ British convoys which transported Lend-Lease material across the Atlantic, protecting them from German submarines. Roosevelt’s announcement of a ‘shoot on sight’ policy in September 1941 following an attack on the USS Greer enraged isolationist senators; they alleged that Roosevelt was deliberately provoking skirmishes with the Germans. Meanwhile, Churchill repeatedly attempted to convince Roosevelt to enter the war. At the August 1941 Atlantic Conference, the two leaders composed a charter for the post-war world; Roosevelt tackled the thorny issue of the British Empire, promoting the recognition of “the right of all peoples to choose the government under which they will live.”
Churchill did not have to wait long. After the bombing of the US Pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor in December 1941, only one congressman opposed the declaration of war; the vote in the senate was unanimous. Hitler’s declaration of war on the US, which came four days later, was actually a blessing in disguise for Roosevelt; it enabled him to legitimately pursue a ‘Germany first’ strategy. In November 1942, Operation Torch, the invasion of North Africa, became the first US military offensive of the war in the West. Allied troops slowly cornered German forces in North Africa, who surrendered in Tunisia in May 1943. The joint British-US victory, costly and hard fought as it was, was invaluable in mobilising US public opinion behind the war effort.
Considering that the Untied States hasn't been in danger of invasion since its earliest history, it hasn't a clue as to Israel's dangers from.  We can't expect any real assistance from any other country or international alliance.

Words, platitudes and threats won't keep us safe.  We're a tiny country surrounded by enemies.  When in danger we must shoot first.


goyisherebbe said...

Israel is the world power. A nation which represents ideals is more serious than one which is only striving for comfort and political correctness. America once was an idealistic nation, but that's history. After the posturing in electing and re-electing Obama, it will probably be Hillary's turn as a women next, despite her part in Benghazi. But I could be wrong.

Batya said...

goyish, what do you think? Is our being a true world power the meaning behind our being a "light for all nations?"