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Jul 14, 2006

escalation?

I just got home a little while ago from a local parlor meeting in which Moshe Feiglin, head of Manhigut Yehudit, (who by the way confirmed for me that he is friends with Jameel, though David Shirel had no idea who "Jameel" is and had never heard of him), explained his views and ideas. Maybe I will blog about that tomorrow, as it is late right now and I need to go to sleep.

I got home to see that Haifa was hit with Katyusha rockets this evening. The powers to be have declared that this is a major escalation, and basically that now we will show them. I also recall reading earlier in the day, in response to threats made by Hizb'allah to hit Haifa with rockets, that we have threatened that if they do so we would turn the Lebanese clock back by 20 years, and they should know we have many more rockets than them, and that we would pave over Beirut, and we would bomb not just runways but also cities and neighborhoods, etc..

This whole concept strikes me as being wrong and misplaced.

Why is attacking Haifa an escalation? Is attacking the border not enough? Is raining Katyushas on the whole northern Israel not enough of a reason to "pave over Beirut"? Is shooting Katyushas on Kiryat Shmona, Nahariya and Safed (among other places) not enough? Why is Haifa a major escalation? And now that they hit Haifa will we declare the next farthest hit another escalation that deserves a harsher response?

It is all the same. They attacked our country. We finally decided to respond. Now they are shooting rockets at various cities. Every city is the same. The civilians living in Nahariya are no less important then the citizens living in Haifa nor less than those living in Natanya (which Hizb'Allah has also threatened to hit with rockets). It is not an escalation and the reaction should be harsher to stop the rockets, but not because Hizb'Allah has escalated the conflict, but because that is the appropriate reaction to when your country has been attacked by a foreign government.

10 comments:

  1. You are absolutely correct. My thinking is that hitting Haifa is considered a serious "escalation" because of its distanal relationship to Hadera. If they can hit Haifa, the farthest south they've ever hit, than they'll be threatening Hadera. Why is Hadera important? Because, that would put our power station at risk. If they hit that.... I don't have to tell you what that would mean.
    -OC

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  2. but that is not an escalation - an escalation would be shooting rockets instead of bullets, or crossing the border to attack soldiers instead of throwing rocks at cars or something like that.
    Increasing the range is not escalation. (using chemical weapons would be an escalation)

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  3. Of course Moshe knows Jameel.

    Didn't you see this picture?

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  4. ahh yes, I forgot aout that. but then again, I was curious if he knew the name "Jameel". I am sure Jameel goes by a pseudonym when outside of his Muqata.

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  5. ozzy - thanks for stopping in and commenting..

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  6. It's funny you went to a "local parlor meeting in which Moshe Feiglin, head of Manhigut Yehudit". A good friend of mine works for them in NY. Cool. FYI most shuls had special Tehillim last night in Chicago, including a women's group at Adas Yeshurin.

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  7. I find some information here.

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