Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Let’s eat all of these people!” — Venom

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, December 29, 2008

"Hama Rules"

Anyone remember the Hama Massacre in Syria? The Moslem Brotherhood took over the city of Hama and went into rebellion against the Syrian government. The Sryian military, in response, leveled the city. That led to what Tom Friedman calls "Hama Rules," which is to say that there is no such thing as "proportional response."

Only anyone who has never paid any attention to goings-on in the Middle East can be surprised at what is going on right now.

Israel does not do "proportional response." Hardly any other nation in that region does, either, though most of their actions are against internal opponents.

1 comment:

BadTux said...

It is arguable that the action against the Palestinians *is* against internal opponents, given that the "Palestinian Authority" has never been more than a Bantustan client state of Israel, dependent upon Israel for its very existence. At this point I think it's fair to say that the whole "two state solution" can be termed a failure that did not survive the death of its two corrupt co-creators, and that an Israeli re-occupation of the West Bank and Gaza is inevitable.