1. The would has been so focused on the "Flotilla" terrorists that an important anniversary in Israel just slipped under the radar screens.
This week is the 10th anniversary of the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon and the turning of Southern Lebanon over to the Hezb'Allah Islamofascists. Israel under Ehud Barak was ordered into a panicky cowardly withdrawal because Israeli troops inside Southern Lebanon were sometimes fired upon by the terrorists. Convincing the country that this situation was simply intolerable, playing for publicity with the media obsessed with the "Four Mothers" team of capitulationists, the pusillanimous retreat took place so fast that army computers and Jewish prayer books were left behind in the panic.
That capitulation had a number of results. It emboldened the Hezb'Allah, which later murdered more Israeli troops and launched 4000 katyusha rockets at Northern Israel. For all intents and purposes, those rockets might as well have been fired into Israel by Ehud Barak personally.
See this: please click and open: http://img161.imageshack.us/img161/9973/drstrangedoveya4.jpg
Yes, that is Ehud Barak as Doctor StrangeDove, and was my commentary on his "decision" at the time.
The capitulatiopn also served as precedent for the cowardly Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip later ordered by Ariel Sharon. THAT retreat resulted in 8000 rockets landing on Sderot and other Negev towns. There was a straight line leading from Ehud Barak's cowardice in Lebanon in 2000 and Ehud Barak's ordering Israeli soldiers to storm a ship full of Islamofascist terrorists this week armed with paint-ball "guns". This is the same Israel that rescued hundreds of hostages from Entebbe, Uganda, using force.
I attach below a commentary of my own from that period.
Barak's J Curve as G String
By Dr. Steven Plaut
Barak admits unilateral withdrawal may result in escalation in attacks. During a Sunday meeting with members of the Shinui opposition Party, Prime Minister/Defense Minister Ehud Barak admitted that a unilateral IDF troop withdrawal from the security zone of southern Lebanon may result in increased Hizbullah hostilities.
SO now even Barak is admitting that all the Pollyanna Peresian posturing regarding peace and tranquility after Israel conducts its unilateral pullout of Lebanon is poppycock. In fact, Barak and his boys and girls know what is coming. They know the Syrians and their Hizbollah puppets will conduct ethnic cleansing and will massacre the Southern Lebanese population, which is why Barak is suddenly scrambling to find refuge sites in Israel to put them.
So what happened to the idea that the whole problem is Israeli military presence in Southern Lebanon? I thought the Osloids KNOW that the Hizbollah will behave itself after the withdrawal since - after all - they will have no further reason in the world to dislike Israel or shell it? Oh and since Barak KNOWS how the Hizbollah will behave, how come the sudden panic and drive with building bomb shelters and trenches in all the villages and kibbutzim along the border? I thought we had Barak's scout's honor the Hizbollah would not shell Israel. After all, why should they? Israel will have withdrawn unconditionally from Lebanon and THAT is all the Hizbollah is fighting for, right? Could it just possibly be that Barak KNOWS what the rest of us KNOW? That a bloodbath is coming?
Meanwhile, the above citation can be regarded as yet another proof that all of OSLO "thinking" rests upon belief in a mystical J-curve. Indeed the entire theory of Oslo may be summed up as an application of the theory of the "J Curve". Let me explain.
In economics there is a commonly-accepted theory about certain things called a "J Curve". The basic idea is that when something changes, it may first make the problem worse and then make it better later. That is why it is called a "J Curve", going down a while and then up. For example, if a country has a problem with a deficit in its balance of trade, a devaluation of its currency first makes the deficit worse and then better. You can find other examples.
J-curves are always counter-intuitive. Linear trend lines are the simpler and thus preferred explanation except where overwhelming evidence exists to the contrary. Occam's Razor usually favors linearity.
The entire "theory" of Oslo has by now been reduced to an assertion of a "J Curve" relationship in the Middle East. Every single gesture and concession by Israel has made the situation worse until now. Israeli concessions produced a bloodbath of terrorist atrocities, PLO calls for Jihad, the Engineer, PLO open threats to eliminate Israel, PLO calls to Saddam to annihilate the Jews with chemical weapons, PLO calls to the Arab countries to wipe out Israel, Arafat's beatifying suicide bombers, demands that Israel give up Jerusalem, Holocaust denial by PLO officials, escalation in Lebanon, nazifization of Israel's own Green Line Arabs, etc. etc.
But the Oslo advocates dismiss all that with the clarity of sight of Ray Charles. All this is part of the J Curve, they insist. It is expected, indeed wonderful, beautiful. A few more concessions and the curve will reverse itself. Just wait and see. True, until now Israeli concessions and goodwill gestures produced violence and xenophobia, down to and including PLO praise for Hitler, but a few more concessions and we will cross the Rubicon, invert the J Curve, and the PLO and Assad will pursue peace and coexistence.
In other words, Israel can buy peace, they insist, in exchange for 300 well-defined concessions, including of course withdrawal to the 1949 borders and creation of an armed belligerent PLO state with Jerusalem as its capital. And the problem is that Israel has only made 299. So according to the J Curve theory, the first 299 of these concessions only make the Palestinians and Syrians more bloodthirsty, but that last 300th is a doosy. That last one will bring peace and tranquility and brotherhood of man. And the only reason we do not have peace and tranquility now is because the obstinate opponents of Oslo and peace are resisting making that 300th concession.
So we need more Peace Now and Dor Shalom bumper stickers, we need to tell Israelis how wonderful peace would be. We need to nudge the doubting Thomases of Zion into making those remaining concessions, ride the J curve to peace. And Arafat and his storm troopers and the rest of the fascists of the Arab world will then allow us to live in peace ever after.
Which is why the first six years or so of Oslo have produced nothing but deterioration and increasingly clear Palestinian blood-lust and extremism. All part of the plan you see. Things have to get worse before they get better.
This is the alternative offered by the Oslo camp to "linear thinking".
2. That was the bad news. Now the good news.
No public opinion poll has been published yet since the raid on the terrorist flotilla, but my sense is that the support for the operation and the army inside Israel (among Jews) is not very far from 100% and is extremely militant. A similar unification occurred during Cast Lead. Demonstrations in Israel SUPPORTING the army and the operation have been taking place all week on Israeli campuses, and have attracted (this is not an exaggeration) thousands of students. The demonstration of more than 1000 students at Ben Gurion University chanted, "Neve Gordon, Resign!!" Outside Haaretz, most of the press is also strongly on the side of the army. Im Tirtzu, the Zionist student organization, is emerging as the most important grassroots movement in all of Israel.
As united as the world is in denouncing Israel, that is how united Israel suddenly is in supporting and defending the use of force against the terrorist flotilla. Indeed and those of you outside Israel may find this hard to believe almost all of the criticism and denunciation of the operation inside Israel is on grounds that not enough force was used! I am not exaggerating. Most Israelis who demand a commission of investigation seem to want it to investigate why soldiers with paint guns were sent in to face armed Nazis.
The Leftist moonbats are of course closing ranks with the terrorists, but one senses in the breeze a growing rage among ordinary Israelis against the treasonous Left, and a growing impatience with the open treason and support for Hamas coming from Israeli Arabs.