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What if they gave a war and only one side came?

One of the more tired cliche's of the left is "what if they gave a war and nobody came?" Like most ideas from that crowd, it's a nice, fluffy, warm, fuzzy thought that makes you feel good, and has absolutely no bearing on reality. What usually happens is one side decides that it believes in something enough to fight for it, and the other side has to choose whether it wants to fight or yield. That means that you have a situation of giving a war, and only one side shows up -- and they win without firing a shot. That tends to encourage them to keep pushing -- witness Hitler and Czechoslovakia.

Well, something like that is happening in the Middle East. We have a war that has been openly declared and being openly waged by one side, and the other side is being pressed -- hard -- to "show restraint" and "not continue the cycle of violence."

To re-use a formula I've used before:

Fact: Hamas is the legitimate, elected government of the Palestinian Authority.

Fact: Hamas' very charter calls for the extermination of the state of Israel.

Fact: For as long as I can remember, Palestinians have been bombarding Israel with Qassam rockets, despite repeated "cease-fires" that lasted as long as it took Israel to get fed up with attacks and hit back.

Fact: Over the weekend, "militants" tunneled into Israel, attacked a military outpost, killed two Israeli soldiers, and apparently kidnaped a third. Hamas has announced that not only did they endorse the attack, but their members participated.

Fact: Also over the weekend, the Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade (a group that is part of Fatah, the party headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas) announced that it now possesses chemical and biological weapons, and intends to use them on those Qassam rockets it has been firing into Israel.

(Captain Ed, over at Captain's Quarters, has an interesting speculation about where these WMDs -- if they do, indeed, possess them -- may have come from. I'm reluctant to sign on with his theory, but I acknowledge that it fits all the known facts, and adequately explains any questions I might have. On the other hand, it could be a scam, a bid for attention now that Hamas is getting all the coverage.)

Now, here we have a situation where Israel is facing a neighbor that is firmly committed to its destruction. Its government is dominated to two factions: the dominant has as its core belief the obliteration of "the Zionist entity," and has just committed an open, flagrant, clear act of war. The minority party, which has made a couple of vague statements towards reconciliation, but has been committing daily attacks by rocket for months on end -- and now claims to possess weapons of mass destruction, and intends to use them.

Israel has been backed into the corner. Its enemies have repeatedly reaffirmed their goals -- the destruction of Israel. One side is openly committing acts of war, and the other is making a plausible threat to use weapons of mass destruction. They're giving the war, and they've showed up armed and ready to fight.

I'm not Jewish, but I do know that the Jews have a long history of persecution, and long memories. And they're a little different from most people. When most people hear "Weapons of Mass Destruction," they think of nuclear bombs. They think of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

But they're only one leg of the WMD triad. Biological and chemical weapons complete the set. And during World War II, the Nazis used biological and chemical weapons exclusively against the Jews in concentration camps. The Jews were led into death chambers and killed by the hundreds of thousands by poison gas. Others were subject to horrific medical experimentation, treated as lab rats by sociopathic Nazi scientists. One (literally) chilling example: we have rather extensive information on how hypothermia affects human beings, with detailed charts showing how long people can survive in waters of various temperatures. That data comes from Nazi scientists who immersed Jews in cold water and timed how long they survived -- and how long they could be left there and still recover.

The Palestinians, knowing or not, are pushing one of the Jews' hot buttons. They know -- intimately -- what it is like to be gassed, to be deliberately inflicted with disease, in an effort to exterminate them. They still have a few survivors of the death camps who know the smell of Zyklon B. And their motto has become "Never Again."

I don't want an open war between Israel and the Palestinians. But the cold, hard, simple truth is that the war is here. And the only thing worse than open war is a war only waged by one side -- because not only does it guarantee the slaughter of innocents, but it encourages the aggressors to try again.

Bob Dylan, "Neighborhood Bully"

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.


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Comments (19)

From <a href="http://en.wik... (Below threshold)
Remy Logan:

From Wikipedia:

The victims of the Holocaust were Jews, Serbs, Poles, Russians, Communists, homosexuals, Roma (also known as gypsies), the mentally ill and the physically disabled, intelligentsia and political activists, Jehovah's Witnesses, some Catholic and Protestant clergy, trade unionists, psychiatric patients, some Africans, common criminals, people labeled as "enemies of the state", and many who did not belong to the Aryan race. These victims all perished alongside one another in the camps, according to the extensive documentation left behind by the Nazis themselves (written and photographed), eyewitness testimony (by survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders), and the statistical records of the various countries under occupation.
I am very skeptical of the ... (Below threshold)

I am very skeptical of the claim by Al-Aqsa that they have WMDs - this isn't the type of thing you announce, it is the type of thing you just use if you have it.

This is nothing more than terror-by-propaganda.

But God help them if they have them and use them - because only God will be able to spare them from the Rain of Fire that will fall on them if they do.

If Al-Aqsa has WMDs, then i... (Below threshold)

If Al-Aqsa has WMDs, then it will only a matter of time before one faction of Palestinians begin to use them on another; not just towards Israel.

You thought the feud between Fatah and Hamas was bad now, with just automatic rifles; just wait until the first assassination using sarin.

Interesting, Remy, but utte... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Interesting, Remy, but utterly pointless in this context. I don't see Serbs, Poles, Russians, Communists, homosexuals, Roma (also known as gypsies), the mentally ill and the physically disabled, intelligentsia and political activists, Jehovah's Witnesses, some Catholic and Protestant clergy, trade unionists, psychiatric patients, some Africans, common criminals, people labeled as "enemies of the state", and many who did not belong to the Aryan race being threatened by WMDs in the present context.


Your title regarding only o... (Below threshold)

Your title regarding only one side coming to the war I took to mean the War on Terror that the Republicans seem to be fighting. The democrats won't even acknowledge someone is trying to kill us.

Israel should quit farting ... (Below threshold)

Israel should quit farting around and cut off the electrical and water service to Gaza. The animals can die, emigrate or start behaving like civilized human beings.

JayOne nit. The Ha... (Below threshold)


One nit. The Hamas convenant doesn't just include the destruction of Israel, but that all land that is "consecrated" as Waqf (one ruled by moslems) ALWAYS and for all time belongs to moslems.

First Israel, then places like Spain.

Saddams regime lives on thr... (Below threshold)

Saddams regime lives on thru Hamas. If they indeed have these weapons do you think they produced them on their own? maybe, But it would be far more easy to buy these from Syria then manufacture theirselves. Maybe Saddams WMDs are alive and well after all?

914You post... (Below threshold)


You postde "Maybe Saddams WMDs are alive and well after all?" ( Presumably, in Syria)

How long defore you folks go from the speculation that all of Saddam's WMD, which you all know for certain existed, were moved to Syria becomes established fact?

There is so much repetition of this speculation of the transfer of WMD's to Syria that it is about to become a given fact in the Right blogosphere.

Problem is, such a massive undertaking should have been easily observable w/ our spy satellites. Guess we'll just have to wait for the NYT to blow another top-classified secret and reveal the existence of these classified photos to finally vindicate your rampant speculation that the WMD's are, in fact, snuggled securely in caves under Damascus, for smuggling thru underground tunnels to Hamas in the West Bank.

Mak44,Hope you apply... (Below threshold)

Hope you apply the same logical process the next time someone like Leopold reports that Rove is going to be indicted, or Dan Rather reports a sitting President didn't meet his service obligations.

However, what was in those trucks that crossed into Syria before the invasion?

Maybe Saddams WMDs are a... (Below threshold)

Maybe Saddams WMDs are alive and well after all?

Maybe Saddams WMDs are a... (Below threshold)

Maybe Saddams WMDs are alive and well after all?

You're going to hurt yourself reaching that far...

(apologies for the premature posting above...)

I came up with a little aph... (Below threshold)

I came up with a little aphorism a long time ago to describe a situation like this (at least, I think I came up with it; maybe I saw it somewhere.)

It takes two to make a fight, but only one to make a beating.

Seems like people would have figured that out by now.

Gee ma44 you should read th... (Below threshold)

Gee ma44 you should read the newsmore often. Convoys were observed leaving Iraq for Syeria often.

One notable event I recall was when senator rockefeller (?) told Saddamn while visiting him of our attack plans that the next few days huge convoys of trucks were observed moving to Syria.

Yes and I do notice the strigent requirements of proof for terrorist but Republicans can go straight to jail according to the Kommiecrats...

You're going to hurt you... (Below threshold)

You're going to hurt yourself reaching that far...

Well if anyone would know about that it would be you Lee.

Did you get these from Sant... (Below threshold)

Did you get these from Santorum like your last set?

lol!... (Below threshold)


jp2What fact do yo... (Below threshold)


What fact do you dispute?

Or is this the latest line of allowed talk from Townhouse?

"What usually happens is on... (Below threshold)

"What usually happens is one side decides that it believes in something enough to fight for it, and the other side has to choose whether it wants to fight or yield"

I don't think anyone needs to be taught such a basic lesson.. the fact that one side "believes in something enough to fight for it" already lies outside of the premise of the saying, and serves to dissociate it from your arguments.






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