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    • zeev
    • 06.10.09 | 20:08 (IST)

    Have we not, ourselves, been warned, a long time ago? "Not only will the effort to annex the territories not provide security; it will weaken the capacity to protect ourselves from our neighbors' hostility and THE OPPOSITION OF THE NATIONS." From an Open Letter to then-PM Begin, 1980, by Professor Jacob Talmon (1916-1980), Prof of Modern History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. www.fmep.org/analysis/analysis/a-prophetic-message-from-the-past Begin didn't bother to respond to Talmon's Letter. In 1980, he and his Defense minister Sharon were apparently too busy planning the first invasion of Lebanon, two years later. You know, the one that cost the life of so many of our soldiers, and whose only "success" was Arafat's departure for Tunis and the rise of Hezbollah on our northern border. In 1980, our leaders didn't heed Talmon warnng, and kept denying the existence of a Palestinian people. Hamas was still an obscure little welfare organisation, whose name no one had heard yet. Not until the first Palestinian uprising, seven years later. "Persistence in error is the problem. Practitioners of government continue down the wrong road as if in thrall to some Merlin with magic power to direct their steps. There is always freedom of choice to change or desist from a counter-productive course if the policy-maker has the moral courage to exercise it. Yet to recognize error, to cut losses, to alter course, is the most repugnant option in government." Historian Barbara Tuchman, twice winner of the Pulitzer Price, in her "March of Folly - From Troy to Vietnam", 1984.

    from the article: A license to kill
    First published 02:10 06.10.09 | Last updated 09:21 06.10.09
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