Sunday, November 26, 2006

Holy Land Still SNAFU'd

I realize I haven't posted much about the dying state of Israel this fall. Here is an outstanding example of why:

Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire Saturday to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants into the Jewish state - a major step toward possibly reviving long-stalled peace talks.

The cease-fire was to go into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday (11 p.m. Saturday EST), both sides said.
And here:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has instructed Israel's security forces to show restraint Sunday despite repeated Palestinian violations of a cease-fire that came into effect earlier in the day....

Olmert "gave the security forces instructions to show restraint and to try and give the cease-fire the possibility to succeed," said Miri Eisin, Olmert's spokeswoman. [emphasis added]

Annnnnnnd here:

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said during a visit to the Bedouin town of Rahat Sunday, that, “I hope the ceasefire will take effect in the West Bank as well, although it currently does not apply there; however, the responsibility and good will may lead to the beginning of serious, open and direct negotiations between us and the Palestinians.”
Is there any element of this idiotic "peace process" equation that is not now firmly back in place? Israel has ceased military operations against the Pals; the Pals are already breaking the cease-fire; Israel is not resuming the Gaza military operations it should have ruthlessly and viciously completed months ago; and the fool Olmert hopes this "peace" can be spread to the Israeli heartland.

After this debacle and the self-inflicted defeat to Hezbollah, how is this moron still in office? Or is he simply reading the tea leaves in the American mid-term elections and making the best he thinks he can of a perilous situation he knows is coming?

Then again, perhaps it was the Bush Administration's nutbag idea of arming Fatah to fight Hamas in a Pal civil war (sorry, too lazy to look up the link).

All I know is, in matters of life and death, foolishness always exacts a heavy, heavy price. A lesson we learned via 9/11 and have since forgotten. I wouldn't think the Jews, with their tumultuous history, would need any more historical lessons, but I guess Robert Heinlein's Lazarus Long knew what he was talking about when he said, "Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."