Building a rhetorical ark
Posted by aogWednesday, 10 August 2005 at 11:17 TrackBack Ping URL

Via Dhimmi Watch we have Daniel Pipes commenting on the probably results of the Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip.

While I agree with most of Pipes’ points, that still doesn’t make a continued Jewish presence in the Gaza Strip tenable. While it’s diffciult to accept that world opinion generally accepts the desirablity of ethnic cleansing of the Gaza Strip, nonetheless it is right for Israel to act in its own best interests and that if means cooperatign with the ethnic cleansers, so be it.

The real question is whether the pull out from the Gaza Strip will, in fact, benefit Israel. Pipes makes a strong case that it won’t but I think he misses a point I made a few weeks ago on this subject, which is that whether this is a good move or bad move depends very strongly on how Israel responds to the inevitable rocket / mortar / infiltration attacks from Gaza. My claim is that whatever Israel discusses on this subject, now, will serve as a strong upper bound on the level of response acceptable to world opinion. While suggesting a particular response won’t necessarily make it internationally palatable, I have no doubt that that a failure to discuss it will make it unacceptable to world opinion. Yet still, I have seen nothing about what could or should be done in response to the attacks that everyone with a clue must know are going to come. Because of this, I suspect that Pipes is right, that Israel will pull out, the Palestinians will press the attack against Israel and Israel, having failed to highlight this scenario beforehand, will be unable to respond in any significant way without releasing another storm of internation condemnation. I have to say that I just don’t understand Israel psy-war strategy of letting the Palestinians in effect set the terms of the conflict on the Gaza / Israel border. Does the Sharon government beleive that, with the rising tempo of WWIV and increasing unwillingness of the West to appease the Caliphascist that Israel will be able to respond appropriately? Or is that nothing that is said is going to make a difference?