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Victor Davis Hanson The Vocabulary of Untruth Words take new meanings as Israel struggles to survive
NRO ^ | July 28 , 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 07/28/2006 4:55:11 AM PDT by Tolik

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1 posted on 07/28/2006 4:55:14 AM PDT by Tolik
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2 posted on 07/28/2006 4:56:16 AM PDT by Tolik
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3 posted on 07/28/2006 5:03:41 AM PDT by Freee-dame
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As usual VDH hit the nail on the head. Even if you accept that Israel's response is overkill (I don't), you should criticize Hezbollah for initiating the attack and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers on Israeli soil. Also, the indiscriminate rocket attacks that contrary to Israeli precision guided bombing should not get a pass.

I say that trying to negotiate with Hezbollah is futile, kill them if you can. If not push the back so that they are unable to attack Israel in the future. What would America's citizens demand in a like scenario?
4 posted on 07/28/2006 5:28:21 AM PDT by GeorgefromGeorgia
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Consistently superb writings from this man. He nails it again.


5 posted on 07/28/2006 5:29:36 AM PDT by SueRae
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6 posted on 07/28/2006 6:00:17 AM PDT by SJackson (The Pilgrims—Doing the jobs Native Americans wouldn’t do!)
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"And the day after its disappearance, the Europeans and Arabs would sigh relief, mumble a few pieties, and then smile, 'Life goes on.'

And for them, it would very well."


I would have to disagree with this statement, because as soon as Israel were "wiped off the map," the Islamists attention would then be turned to Europe and to any Arab state that wasn't the right brand of Islam. So, for Europe and these more "progressive" Arab states, life would not "go on" very well for very long.
7 posted on 07/28/2006 6:05:21 AM PDT by Excellence (Since November 6, 1998)
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Excellent article.


8 posted on 07/28/2006 6:14:54 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Freee-dame

A very good vocabulary lesson. I plan to memorize the definitions - to use when necessary in conversations with the uninformed, aka consumers of the DBM.


9 posted on 07/28/2006 6:19:25 AM PDT by maica (Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle --Abraham Lincoln)
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Sounds like Victor is as frustrated with silly world opinion as I am.

 

10 posted on 07/28/2006 6:30:02 AM PDT by HawaiianGecko (Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia
Even if you accept that Israel's response is overkill ...

I have a simple philosophy: No action taken in responce to an aggression by another can be deemed to be "overkill".

Our problem is that everyone has been brought up on those cartoons of the fifties and sixties, where an aggressive bully is overcome and defeated, then allowed to escape, strengthen, and return later for an even stronger aggression; that is, given another chance. Why, in the name of fairness, do we insist on giving a bullying aggressor another chance to kill us?

I just don't understand why nobody educates the public that there are some things in life which don't match the competitive sports analogy, where there are timeouts to rest and the competition is subject to rules of fairness rather than the need to win. Fairness in such life-threatening situations ultimately results in defeat -- and death.

In sports, you win some and you lose some, and a successful season results if you win more than you lose and especially if you win more than your other competitors. In warfare, losing means you don't get to come back and fight another day, because if you lose at warfare, you're dead.

This idea of proportional response is nothing more than nonsense.

11 posted on 07/28/2006 6:31:52 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (A member of the Appalachian-American minority -- and proud of it!)
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Hizbullah wants to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. They willingly kill innocent Lebanese in the process. They willingly die in the process. Nothing Israel does, therefore, can be "disproportionate" or "excessive". It is merely what's necessary to survive against an enemy that cannot be deterred or reasoned with.


12 posted on 07/28/2006 6:42:42 AM PDT by Dilbert56
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13 posted on 07/28/2006 6:44:33 AM PDT by Gritty (Absent a drive for victory, there is nothing in the Terror War for us but pain and death-Vanderleun)
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To: Excellence

"As soon as Israel were wiped off the map, the Islamists' attention would be turned towards Europe." Yes, but they don't understand that.


14 posted on 07/28/2006 6:51:33 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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16 posted on 07/28/2006 7:25:47 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (The Arab League jihad continues on like a fart in an elevator - FR American in Israel)
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17 posted on 07/28/2006 7:26:52 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Don't mix alcopops and ufo's)
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To: Excellence

You would have to kill a million Jews to wipe Israel off the map. Before that would happen, there would be millions of dead Arabs to bury...


18 posted on 07/28/2006 7:33:44 AM PDT by Edgerunner (The WOT will not be won without Iran and Syria going down)
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To: Tolik
I can't see how the world could tolerate, let alone sympathize with Hezbollah, who's stated goal is the total destruction of Israel. The UN is a farce. Do they think that talking will produce a kinder gentler terrorist organization? Hezbollah runs counter to everything the UN says it stands for. I think that the word game Hanson points to should be taken further to include every word used by the UN. Everything rings false and defies common sense.
19 posted on 07/28/2006 8:23:48 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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And the day after [Israel's] disappearance, the Europeans and Arabs would sigh relief, mumble a few pieties, and then smile, “Life goes on.”

And for them, it would very well.

No, it wouldn't. Maybe this is what Europeans and Arabs would like to think but they are deluding themselves. What these Europeans and Arabs need to realize is that these Jews are not going to go quietly. The repercussions of what happens are going to affect them for a long time; and the sooner they realize that, the better it will be for them.

20 posted on 07/28/2006 9:10:11 AM PDT by Hartmann
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