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Was Israel aus dem Georgien-Krieg lernen kann

Posted in Empfehlungen by Mr. Moe on August 18, 2008

Ephraim Sneh, ehemaliger stellvertretender Verteidigungsminister Israels, über Lehren, die Israel aus dem Krieg in Georgien ziehen kann:

The world’s response to the harming of citizens is selective and hypocritical. Had the IDF done in Gaza a tenth of what the Russians did in Georgia, the flood of criticism, condemnations and anti-Israel boycotts would have known no bounds. But when it’s a superpower like Russia, all we see are feeble and polite expressions of regret.

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The lessons for us? A small country needs to know the limits of its power, and to apply it wisely when an essential national interest is at stake. We must also rely, in a time of need, only on ourselves – and build up our might in advance, on this principle.

Traurig und keinesfalls neu, aber leider nach wie vor aktuell.

Nachtrag: Yoel Marcus schließt sich Snehs Anaylse an, zieht daraus jedoch andere Schlussfolgerungen:

There is a lesson for Israel in all this: If Israel is dragged into a war, God forbid, it is liable to find itself very much alone. Israel cannot rely on the automatic involvement of America, which did not lift a finger to stop the brutal Russian offensive.

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In this new reality, where everything is up in the air, Israel really needs to walk on tiptoe – all the more so with a government on its way out that must do its utmost not to drag the country into actions liable to bring down the wrath of the world

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The new reality also requires Israel to exercise greater caution, and above all, to stop being so cocksure that America will stand by us, come what may.

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