Sunday, July 13, 2014

Former Clinton Administration Official Larry Haas is Almost Right

ט״ז לחודש הרביעי תשע״ד

WND: 'Israel should deal a mortal blow to Hamas'
Ex-Clinton strategist chastises Obama for 'fool's errand' in Middle East

Greg Corombos, July 12, 2014

Larry Haas
A former Clinton administration official believes President Obama is doing a pretty good job responding to the immediate Middle East crisis, but is decidedly unimpressed with the administration’s overall Middle East policy and its attempt to establish a moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Larry Haas was spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton administration. He is now a columnist who writes frequently about the Middle East and is also the author of “Sound the Trumpet: The United States and Human Right Promotion.”

Haas told WND it’s only a matter of time before the Obama administration and other world leaders declare the Israeli military action has gone on long enough and demand a cease-fire. He says Israel should ignore those calls until Hamas is dealt a “mortal blow” and other long-term goals are met.

“It has to send a signal to its own people in southern Israel that it’s going to protect them. That is the fundamental thing a government needs to do for its own people, provide them safety and security. So I hope that Israel does not let up until it really delivers a blow that Hamas either will never recover from or will not recover from for a very long time,” he said. (cont.)

Esser Agaroth (2¢):
The red highlights indicate where I believe Haas is right on. He basically describes the cycle in which Israel always seems to find itself stuck.

1. Arabs shoot rockets.

2. Israel attempts to stop the rockets, bending over backwards not to harm Arab civilians, used at human shields.

3. Arabs shoot more rockets.

4. Israel increases its efforts to take out only the rocket launchers and munitions.

5. Arabs shoot even more rockets.

6. Israel reaches a point
 of almost bringing the Arabs to their knees.

7. The United States, the United Nations, the European Union, everyone else and his cousin calls for Israel to stop bombing the Arabs (ie. stop bombing the rocket launchers and munitions).

8. Israel stops bombing.

9. Arabs continue to shoot more rockets, just so they can get the last word.

10. Israel rebuilds, and does other repair work, while incurring the hate speech of the entire world.

11. Arabs claim victory, both in the rocket war and in the public relations war, and begins preparations for the next conflict, which they will start, using weapons and supplies smuggled in, and set up using "humanitarian aid" moneys acquired from Western suckers.

12. Repeat.

Dealing a "mortal blow" is the only this the Yishma'elim (Arabs) understand. We even saw this in the Six Day War of 1967. The Yishma'elim finally began believing that we Jews were here in Israel to stay.

Ignoring the calls for "restraint" and to cease before the job has been done properly, in the only way to protect ourselves.

A moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel would be laughable, if we weren't in the middle of a war.

But, "...a pretty good job responding to the immediate Middle East crisis?" This is the part which convinces me that Haas periodically transports to another universe, because he certainly could not have obtained an evidence to this effect in this universe.

Speaking of war, here is the real way to fight a war,...according to Torah. But, there is a catch. First you have to acknowledge that you are actually in a state of war, something which the Israeli Government, not to mention their puppet "rabbis" are hesitant to do.

Why do I mention rabbis? Well, the last time I checked, war had various halakhic (Torah legal) implications, implications which these "rabbis" refuse to touch. Even though, the role of a rabbi is just that, to address the halakhic implications in all areas of our lives.

The "rabbis" who avoid dealing such questions with the excuse that these are not halakhic questions, but rather political or military questions are suffering from a psychological disorder, which I like to call "Galutitis," or "Exile Mentality Disease."

However, I would be remiss if I did not mention that there are others who prefer to call this "Crawl into a Hole, Hide, and Shirk Your Responsibilities" Disease.

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