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    • Ludvikus
    • 15.08.10 | 17:52 (IDT)

    Nice theory. But lets look at the reality of Bibi's conduct and Israeli "statecraft." Israel is truly a multiparty country. It's policies - domestic and foreign - are formulated by each party as it sees fit. So it was when Bibi was Prime Minister the first time - and he lost precisely because he followed what he believed was best for Israel in its Foreign policy. But although he lost, he was subsequently re-elected. The problem in Israel is not statecraft or democracy - the problem with Israel is an extremely complex dynamic not confronting any other sovereign in the world. In such a situation, neither a Napoleon, nor an Ataturk could do well. I might also add, that even though Napoleon personally lost, Europe gained by his spread of the enlightenment principles. Whether Ataturk's secularism remains rooted in Turkey, or Turkey goes the way of Iran (not good) is an open question. If statecraft is the issue - it is the statecraft of Obama, for whom I voted, that's at fault. The issue of statecraft is the relation of Islam, with it's only asset, Oil, to the West, and particularly the United States. Unfortunately, the extremely intelligent Obama has too benevolent impression of political Islam in the world in which Israel is merely the Western Front of the Clash of Civilizations. Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran are on the Eastern Front. In a War, statecraft is less an issue than Military Strategy. And War is merely Diplomacy by another means. For example, it is so unfortunate that this War is not financed by the enormous Black Gold under the sands of Iraq. It is poor statecraft that our (USA) national debt is skyrocketing because, to a great extent, of our military budget expenditures. If I were Obama I would launch a fleet of oil tankers to sheep at least a billion barrels of Iraqi oil to fill our national reserves of strategic mineral deposits as a tax on our struggle to stamp out Islamic Terror. But that's an issue of American statecraft - and here Obama appears to suffer from Achilles' Heel: his blindness to the Taqiyya of Islam.

    from the article: The conscience of leaders
    First published 01:25 15.08.10 | Last updated 01:25 15.08.10
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