Friday, April 29, 2005

More on The Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza Settlements

"Palestinians are already portraying the Israeli withdrawal as a Palestinian military triumph, proving the efficacy of violent resistance to Israel."

As in any conflict, geopolitical or over judicial confirmation, when the strong hand is played or even threatened seriously the weaker sides seeks to compromise. It is amazing how wishy-washy people refuse to see this, and how easy it is for otherwise mature leaders to fall into the trap of "let's just get along and be friends." The Teddy Roosevelt method proves the most effective: Speak softly and carry a big stick. Notice that he did not say anything about giving ground to appease the other side.

Very good post over at The Hedgehog Blog.


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