Thursday, July 20, 2006

"Nice guys finish last."

...Said Leo Durocher and he was right!

That's the line that suddenly kept pounding in my head after reading:
July 20th 2006 IDF SPOKESPERSON ANNOUNCEMENT IDF drops leaflets to ensure the safety of Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip As part of the IDF's operation to stop the Qassam rocket barrages against Israel, the IDF dropped leaflets addressing the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip. The leaflets are intended to warn the population not to stay in structures that are used for storing weaponry, before they are targeted by the IDF.

So I quickly googled to check if someone had really said it. Leo Durocher was known to have said some other great things, such as:

I come to win.
Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot.
As long as I've got a chance to beat you I'm going to take it.

Leo Durocher (July 27, 1905 - October 7, 1991), nicknamed "Leo the Lip", was an American infielder and manager in Major League Baseball. Upon his retirement, he ranked 5th all-time among managers with 2,008 career victories, and second only to John McGraw in National League history. Through 2005, Durocher still ranked 9th in career wins by a manager. A controversial and outspoken character, Durocher's career was dogged by clashes with authority and the press.

I can just imagine what he'd say about Israel's mode of "fighting." I've always considered sports to be a good way to learn the truth of life, and maybe we ought to have more baseball in Israel.

This "war" is just going on and on, and I just can't figure it out.

Maybe it will be a good thing for me to be going away from the computer and internet on a daily basis. This time I'm not looking for frequent contact, though American TV news is the pits. Last year I found it terribly frustrating not knowing what was really happening.

I'll just have to rely on my family calling me and consider "no news is good news." That's not really true, since I do want news, but I have no faith in any of the politicians including the ones I voted for.

Only a few more days until I fly, G-d willing.

All I can say is that we need a really big miracle, since the left isn't learning too quickly, and the right doesn't seem to have much of a sense of direction.

Shabbat Shalom


rivka331 said...

Unfortunately I am not yet an oleh to Eretz Yisroel, though I wish to come within the next few years. That being said, I think that you're being hard on the government and the army right now. I see this as a time of rare unity as the army has been given the go ahead to do as much damage to Hizballah as possible. We all know that there will be a cease fire when world pressure comes to bear. Once the diplomatic part comes into play, there will certainly be divisions. Meanwhile I say let's unite behind the government and the army while the military part of this war is raging on.
As for Leo Durocher's philosophy, it sounds good on paper. Realistically, though, a baseball team has 25 personalities that need to meld together into a team despite differences, in order to win the championship. They may not necessarily all like eachother off the field, but during the game a team must come together in unity in order to win.
Let's use that baseball analogy to show unity and support for the government and the army during this delicate time. There will be plenty of time to disagree later on.


beakerkin said...

Don't be so certain on this one. The far left is taking a serious beating in the states this time. I was thinking about going over there
in October as a volunteer. However there are some items I have to take care of.

Batya said...

Rivka, it's hard to follow someone trying to catch his own tail.

Beak, don't forget that it's the far-left here in charge and dominating the media.