Trump’s Selective Isolationism Would Endanger US Support For Israel

April 3, 2016 at 4:48 pm | Posted in Dysfunctional Politics, Presidential election, Terrorism | 1 Comment
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Flipped version of Trump Sr. at Citizens United Freedom Summit in Greenville South Carolina May 2015, photo by Michael Vadon.

Flipped version of Trump Sr. at Citizens United Freedom Summit in Greenville South Carolina May 2015, photo by Michael Vadon.

As long as the US remains fully engaged with the rest of the world, actively promoting open stable societies and allies, it makes perfect sense for the US to aid Israel. Israel is an open society, socially and technologically advanced (apart from its short-sighted ‘lebens-raum’ policy of settlements, and is a steadfast ally.

But Trump wants to drastically reduce US involvement with the rest of the world – to save money!

Does Trump know what pennywise and pound foolish means?

If we pulled back fron NATO, does he think that we would still have international partners for embargoes, sanctions, and for cooperation in fighting terrorism?

Does he think that we would have diplomatic and military allies when we suddenly needed them?

Trump’s policy would unleash unintended, undesireable consequences.

Here is just one that he hasn’t thought of.

If the US became isolationist, as Trump favors, then US aid to Israel would become an anomaly. It would become an exception. It would stick out like a sore thumb. It would soon cease.

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Why Gaza Now?

November 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Posted in Enemies of Freedom | 1 Comment
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Map of Gaza Strip, Stand December 2008 (SVG version of File:Gaza Strip map.png by Lencer, adapted by Gringer)

Map of Gaza Strip, Stand December 2008 (SVG version of File:Gaza Strip map.png by Lencer, adapted by Gringer)

Why Gaza Now?

The timing is suspicious.

Israel had done nothing new to provoke Hamas.

Yet suddenly Hamas started firing rockets into Israel.  Hamas seems to be asking for a violent defensive reaction by Israel.

Why Gaza now?

Here is a guess: the primary instigators reside well north of Gaza.

Very large demonstration in Homs, Syria against Al Assad regime in the Syrian Uprising, 18 April 2011, photgraphed by Bo Yaser.

Very large demonstration in Homs, Syria against Al Assad regime in the Syrian Uprising, 18 April 2011, photgraphed by Bo Yaser.

The civil war in Syria has stressed Hezbollah and Iran, as well as Syria.  Hezbollah has developed a split between those within it who side with Assad and those within it who side with the rebellion.  Also, because Hezbollah had previously wholeheartedly sided with Assad, it has lost the support of large parts of the public in Lebanon, as well as elsewhere in the Arab world.  For the same reason, Iran has lost a lot of outside sympathy.

So the guess is that Hezbollah and Iran told Hamas to heat things up.

The goal was to divert attention away from Syria, Iran, and Lebanon, by drawing the world’s gaze towards Gaza and Israel.

The goal was also to reunite Hezbollah, by re-focusing on its traditional enemy.  The hope was also to thereby win back for Hezbollah some of the support of  the Lebanese public.

Evidence for this guess is contained in a headline to an article by Annne Gearan on page A9 in the November 20, 2012 print edition of the Washington Post: “Israel-Hamas fighting put U.S. at odds with Turkey, Egypt”.  (That was the headline in the print edition.  The headline in the online edition always differs from that in the print edition.)

Russia and China, too, must be delighted by the sucess of this new ploy.

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