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Israel Grimaces At Obama’s Diplomatic Gestures

April 19, 2009

middle_east_cia_mapIsrael takes Obama’s outreach to opponents personally.  Without knowing all the back room details, it appears the exclusive influence on American diplomacy enjoyed by Israel since 1946, is threatened.  With global economic and environmental crisis at hand, can America risk ignoring efforts to get all nations back on the same page? Recent articles on DEBKAfile are questioning Obama’s israeli_nukedialog efforts with political opponents.  Balance must begin with shifting weight from one side of the scale to the other.  No longer can one side be propped up to give the illusion of balance.  There is no shortage of skeletons in the world’s closets when it comes to public and secret diplomacy.  No longer are empty gestures and rhetoric effective.  No one is fooled.  The era of using past atrocities to justify present atrocities must end. Obama is making a brave move that could threaten old alliances.  Israel has been the bear in the room for too long.  Illusions do not satisfy the reality that  regional conflicts can destroy the whole world.  Magic is only in the eye of the beholder.

How many Hollywood ‘B’ movies illustrate that a common enemy can unite the world.  Of course, that idea is fiction, maybe its naive to imagine it could really work.  If Utopia can be defined,  every religion, economy and political agenda would share the common goal of survival.  Ah, but human nature accepts contradiction between words and deeds.  Philosophers try so hard to paint logical explanations for human behavior, but, religions prefer a more authoritarian posture.  Religions don’t care about human nature or natural behavior,  religions just want to control humans by stating that a higher power says so, dieties spoke to our ancestors.  Skepicism and resentment abound among the sibling religions.  Israel, Iran and the entire Middle East have been itching to pull the trigger on robert_gateseach other officilly.  Their clandestine war has been raging for decades … with too many failed attempts to reconcile differences.  Death, destruction and grief have fanned the flames of feud since 1946.  The prevailing mindset for the Middle East continues to focus on eliminating each other.  Efforts by European and American diplomats have produced very short pauses in conflict, followed by escalation of violence.  Any target will do, as long as it reinforces the feud.  Retaliation that only begets more retaliation is the most senseless behavior for modern society.  With capabilities for mass extermination in the hands of everybody, juvenile behavior must no longer be tolerated.  Ruling the world by threatening to destroy the world is the self-fulfilling prophecy of the children of Abraham.  Abraham, Father of Religions, appears to have failed to discipline his naughty, arrogant children.

It is a crying shame that the entire world must suffer the consequences of a military industrial complex feeds all sides of conflict with no ethical restrictions.  Even gamblers know ‘when to fold’, cut the losses and start a new game.  .


  1. May 3, 2009 12:59 am

    Not only an engineer, but an occasional contributor to The Oil Drum if my instincts sniffing out a connection are worth anything.

  2. April 25, 2009 11:58 pm

    Thanks again Opit. Its been a long time since I visited Current. I went there today and found a lot of inspiration in JanforGore’s writing. I will aim BOTH my brain cells at the same topic for a while. It takes a lot to turn this planet around … when those little cells agree on something, look out. We Be Pushin Hard!
    I love Ergosphere. My obsession about electric cars is stronger than ever. If this guy is really an engineer, then my respect for engineers has improved a bit. (stressed out by engineers in my past) Thanks for sharing some of your resources.

  3. April 25, 2009 7:05 pm

    Perhaps you should take a look around.
    I kibitz with Dad 2059 from time to time and find him congenial and a stimulus to all sorts of odd thought: plus he has a few regular commenters. The community at Care 2 are somewhat of a lift as there is some consciousness of reality – though that is still a minority condition. Current TV is another active place, with JanforGore being perhaps my favourite poster. But I frequent both StumbleUpon and Clipmarks – there’s an underappreciated utlity – in my quest for variety.
    If you’re serious about the Energy question I guess you’ll have to see if there’s anything up my sleeve under that category on the Links page – besides this See his Nov 2006 archives

  4. April 25, 2009 6:11 pm

    Thanks Opit, it is so frustrating watching the forest burn, and knowing it will reach you before long. That’s how I feel about the Middle East. North America sets it’s own brush fires. Watching ancient grievances, religion, greed and jealousy create human catastrophes, over and over in a never ending loop, is exhausting to watch. Imagine what it would be like to live on the rim of that dysfunctional volcano? Ever wonder what would happen if the west actually made the transition to a different energy source? Will the west ever be able to withdraw it’s tentacles from that pool of goo that floats the world of Islam?

  5. April 25, 2009 12:55 pm
    The last paragraph makes it quite clear : this administration continues to claim Iran is a nuclear threat. Two NIEs have disputed this.
    How is Iran to generate power ? Since US sponsored sanctions have crippled Iran’s ability to use its oilfields for energy, Russian power must have seemed a simple alternative.
    Who thinks Russia is about to set a neighbour up as a nuclear threat ? The neighbours stated public support for Iranian efforts to fuel their reactor and Putin stated clearly an attack on Iranian facilities would be considered as if it were an attack on Russia itself.
    That isn’t so nuts if you consider the whole Middle East subject to a US initiative to deprive others of energy – and the ability of military defense.

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