On Israel: Jimmy Carter Vs. Jackson, Sherman, And LeMay

Jimmy Carter weighs in with his “solution” to the fighting in the Middle-East. Unsurprisingly, it amounts to little more than Israel caving in every way possible in return for vague promises that they may or may not get something in return:

“The urgent need in Lebanon is that Israeli attacks stop, the nation’s regular military forces control the southern region, Hezbollah cease as a separate fighting force, and future attacks against Israel be prevented. Israel should withdraw from all Lebanese territory, including Shebaa Farms, and release the Lebanese prisoners. Yet yesterday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert rejected a cease-fire.

These are ambitious hopes, but even if the U.N. Security Council adopts and implements a resolution that would lead to such an eventual solution, it will provide just another band-aid and temporary relief. Tragically, the current conflict is part of the inevitably repetitive cycle of violence that results from the absence of a comprehensive settlement in the Middle East, exacerbated by the almost unprecedented six-year absence of any real effort to achieve such a goal.

Leaders on both sides ignore strong majorities that crave peace, allowing extremist-led violence to preempt all opportunities for building a political consensus. Traumatized Israelis cling to the false hope that their lives will be made safer by incremental unilateral withdrawals from occupied areas, while Palestinians see their remnant territories reduced to little more than human dumping grounds surrounded by a provocative “security barrier” that embarrasses Israel’s friends and that fails to bring safety or stability.

The general parameters of a long-term, two-state agreement are well known. There will be no substantive and permanent peace for any peoples in this troubled region as long as Israel is violating key U.N. resolutions, official American policy and the international “road map” for peace by occupying Arab lands and oppressing the Palestinians. Except for mutually agreeable negotiated modifications, Israel’s official pre-1967 borders must be honored. As were all previous administrations since the founding of Israel, U.S. government leaders must be in the forefront of achieving this long-delayed goal.”

First of all, before I go after Jimmy Carter like a paddling swamp rabbit, let me say up front that there is no easy solution to the conflict in the Middle-East. If there were, it would have been done already.

Still, Carter’s suggestions, are particularly nonsensical.

So Israel should go back to the 1967 borders and that’ll create peace? Gee, weren’t those the borders that they had when their neighbors got together to commit genocide?

Israel should give back Shebaa Farms? Uh, Lebanon has never owned Shebaa Farms and Carter’s precious UN agreed, that when Israel pulled out of Lebanon, they had no more Lebanese territory. Shebaa Farms is nothing more than a pretense that Hezbollah uses as an excuse to attack Israel. If it were given back tomorrow, they would just come up with something else

Then there’s the prisoners that Israel has captured. Do you know what would happen if they were all released today? Tomorrow, they’d be holding AK-47s and rocket launchers pointed at Israel.

The security barrier that Carter wants the Israelis to tear down? It has cut the number of suicide bombers down from a flood to a trickle.

And if the Israelis were to do all these things, what would change? Very little. What changed when they pulled out of Lebanon? What changed when they pulled out of Gaza? Aren’t there still terrorists there intending to kill them? Yes.

The truth is that peace with Israel is there any time the Palestinians and Lebanese want it. But unfortunately, incomprehensible as it may be to many Westerners, large percentages of the population in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon want the fighting to continue. Simply put: they prefer war to peace.

That why, if you want to stop the fighting, for good, not temporarily: then Israel needs to ramp up the brutality, bloodshed, and collective punishment in order to convince the populations of Lebanon and the Palestinian territories that making war on Israel is unthinkable.

People don’t want to hear that, but if you read history, you will find that wars, particularly dirty wars, are not ended by reasonable people having a chat over tea. To the contrary, they’re ended by people like Andrew Jackson, William Tecumseh Sherman, and Curtis LeMay who are willing to go as far it takes to put an end to the fighting. When the Israelis, who are skilled fighters with talented generals, find their Jacksons, Shermans, and LeMays, the fighting in the Middle-East will end for good.

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