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    • Johnson
    • 30.08.06 | 06:07 (IDT)

    The Israelis ignore the reality of their situation and act as if they can dissipate their energies in internecine strife without weakening themselves sufficiently to impair their prospects for survival. Israel requires self-esteem and unapologetic pursuit of its own interests regardless of what other people suffer a detriment. You live among people determined to exterminate you should the opportunity arise. Yet you lose objectivity and focus on your plight. You are opposed by irredentist foes, who will not be appeased with anything less than the destruction of Israel and extermination of the Jews. There are times when kindness and consideration for others is a weakness that compromises your chances for survival. You cannot rely on the good graces of anyone and on anything except your own strength as a deterrent to your demise. You need patriotism and determination rather than being solicitous of others and diverted by irrelevant concerns that are antithetical to your survival.

    from the article: How would you like your Europeans?
    First published 00:00 29.08.06 | Last updated 00:00 29.08.06
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