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An Endless Political Möbius Loop

Posted on the 26 September 2014 by Mikelumish @IsraelThrives
Michael L.
escherThis strikes me as a rather eerie moment in the ongoing Arab-Israel conflict.
We just recently came out of Operation Protective Edge and things are pretty much where I expected them to be.  Hamas shoots rockets for years into southern Israel making life there something close to unbearable as Israeli children are practically born with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Israel thus kills a bunch of Gazans in securing the military objectives of degrading Hamas's rocket capability and destroying those terror tunnels which were to be used to kidnap and kill innocent Jewish Israeli civilians.
Much of the west, naturally, ran with the Hamas playbook in the sense that they did their bit for the organization by screaming to the rooftops that Israelis are fascist, racist, apartheid, murderers... and, of course, they insist upon this because they ever so deeply care abut the well-being of the Jews under siege in the Middle East.
Hamas, meanwhile, was quite literally willing to lose a few thousand of its own people in order to give Israel an international public relations black eye and it was the western left that delivered that black eye, via the press, in fulfillment of what Dershowitz calls Hamas's "Dead Baby Strategy."
But now as Obama starts bombing the Islamic State in Iraq the level of howling against the Jews in Israel has abated for the moment and I feel like we're just bobbing in the political waves.  Obama just stood up before the United Nations and made some marshmallowy feel-good sounds that will amount to little or nothing.
Concerning that speech, Ben Shapiro said this:
Speaking at the United Nations on Wednesday, President Obama performed the signal feat of cramming his head so far up his own ass that his head actually emerged from his mouth again, thereby creating the first human Escher loop.
I have to say, I do not know about Obama, but that is a very apt description of the Arab-Israel conflict.  It is an Escher Loop.  It is a Mobius Strip that just goes round and round and round.  And we're just the little ants scurrying along a hopeless and endless and consistent path to nowhere.
That, I suppose, is one way of looking at it in my darker moments.
I see no upside, though.  Do you?
Is anyone seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, because I am not.
The best that we can hope for in the long run, probably, is maintenance of the conflict.  The Arab governments have no intention whatsoever of ending the aggression and why should they when it will primarily be their cousins next door to Israel that will pay the price?  The vast majority of ideologues who hate on Jews throughout that part of the world will suffer no consequences for promoting violence and spreading malice, so why should they stop?
Furthermore, since much of the west is more and more agreeing with them that Jews should only be allowed to live in certain restricted areas in that part of the world it often puts us in an exceedingly difficult position via our political alliances.
I have to say, though, I've seen this movie before and I very much hope that I do not have to watch it again and again and again.
No matter how many times that I see it, it just never ends well.

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