Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"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

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"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.