Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Neocons can't please anybody it seems

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In Spain there is a description of ultra-Catholics as "mas papista que el Papa", "more papist than the Pope". You could say that America's right wing Jews are "more Zionist than the Israelis". Israel has to be experienced to be understood: you'll never find so many nuances in such a small space, anywhere. Certainly nothing there, where the blood is daily on the floor, is as simple as it might appear to the Perles, Foxmans, Krauthammers and Krystols, busy working out their damp fantasies of violence in the banal suburbs of the USA. DS
Israeli Experts Say Middle East Was Safer With Saddam in Iraq - The Forward
Abstract: Although few tears were shed in Israel over Saddam Hussein’s death last week, a small but growing chorus — including government officials, academics and Iraqi émigrés — is warning that Israel could find itself in more danger with him gone, and that it might even regret having welcomed his toppling. “If I knew then what I know today, I would not have recommended going to war, because Saddam was far less dangerous than I thought,” said Haifa University political scientist Amatzia Baram, one of Israel’s leading Iraq experts.(...) “Retrospectively, justice has been done,” Deputy Defense Minister Ephraim Sneh told Israel Radio this week. Still, he cautioned, Israel must now be concerned “about what is liable to happen in the future.” Saddam’s death, Sneh warned, could lead to “a reinforcement of Iranian influence in Iraq.” He said that Iraq had turned into a “volcano of terror” following the war, with “destructive energies” that could spill over into Jordan and Israel. Such misgivings, though rarely aired publicly for fear of offending Washington, reach high into Israel’s security establishment. Yuval Diskin, director of the Shin Bet security service, told a group of students in a military preparatory program last May that Israel might come to regret its support for the American-led invasion in March 2003. “When you dismantle a system in which there is a despot who controls his people by force, you have chaos,” Diskin said, unaware that the meeting was secretly recorded. “I’m not sure we won’t miss Saddam.” The tape was later broadcast on Israeli television.(...) “Saddam’s regime was preferable — not only for us but for all the states in the region, except for maybe the Iranians,” Barak said. “Saddam held together a divided, tribal, hostile state of Sunnis, Shi’ites and Kurds. He was a single man who made all decisions, and he was a rational leader. The moment he was gone, everything fell apart.” READ IT ALL

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