I had been holding back on doing a post on the Middle-East conflict, and was waiting to join a discussion on another e-pisser's blog. Two weeks later, that hasn't really happened, so here we are.
First off, the conflict: Anyone who hasn't had their head buried in sand over the last few years could see this coming - It was inevitable. The "road map to peace" was a joke and horribly over-simplified. It just wasn't going to work.
I, for one, welcome the fighting. My only concern is that the gunfire will cease before anything is accomplished. If anyone needs to be fighting radical Islamic militants it's the Israelis (not the US), and this seems as good of time as any.
The big problems with this current action are two-fold:
1) The United States is already part of this war. When the administration opened up the second (Iraqi) front on the "war on terror", we automatically deposed Israel as the "big man" in the fight against Muslim extremists. We had allied ourselves with Israel before the first missile was launched. If we would have stuck to the Afghanistan war, we may have been able to stay to the periphery, but by opening up a second front in Iraq we have positioned ourselves squarely in the middle of this conflict. We are married to it.
2) Those Muslims are fucking crazy. No matter how many bombs you drop, or people you kill, there will be waves of combatants to rebuild and take to the front lines. Everyone should have learned this back in the days of colonialism. Their social structure is extremely controlled, and doesn't conform well (or at all) to outside influence. We recently learned that in Afghanistan, and we're learning that in Iraq (again). The area is unstable, and current allies will be future enemies (Remember when we supported the Taliban when they were fighting the Soviets, or remember when we supported Saddam Hussein when we were at odds with Iran?). It's a lost cause.
The first thing you'll learn in any Social Anthropology class is to never judge another culture by the mores and values of your own. To which I say: Fuck that rule, Anthropology! These people are racist, sexist, homophobic, religious nuts. Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke (or a shitload of bombs).
Well, now we're stuck. If I had it my way they'd round up all hostile forces and march them South past the Suez Canal, build a big fucking wall along that bitch, then head down and raze Mecca - just for the hell of it. That's not going to happen. I believe that the only way to prevent future conflicts is to make this one absolute hell. Choke the Jordan river with bodies thick enough to walk across. Dismantle governments and bomb the ruins. Turn Lake Tiberias red with blood. FUCK THINGS UP. Nobody remembers skirmishes, but everyone loves an atrocity . Give 'em one for the ages.