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Sowell: Cease the Cease-Fires
Jewish World Review ^ | July 29, 2014 | Thomas Sowell

Posted on 07/28/2014 3:02:20 PM PDT by jazusamo

JewishWorldReview.com | Many years ago, on my first trip around the world, I was struck by how the children in the Middle East -- Arab and Israeli alike -- were among the nicest looking little children I had seen anywhere.

It was painful to think that they were going to grow up killing each other. But that is exactly what happened.

It is understandable that today many people in many lands just want the fighting between the Israelis and the Palestinians to stop. Calls for a cease-fire are ringing out from the United Nations and from Washington, as well as from ordinary people in many places around the world.

According to the New York Times, Secretary of State John Kerry is hoping for a cease-fire to "open the door to Israeli and Palestinian negotiations for a long-term solution." President Obama has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to have an "immediate, unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" -- again, with the idea of pursuing some long-lasting agreement.

If this was the first outbreak of violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis, such hopes might make sense. But where have the U.N., Kerry and Obama been during all these decades of endlessly repeated Middle East carnage?

The Middle East must lead the world in cease-fires. If cease-fires were the road to peace, the Middle East would easily be the most peaceful place on the planet.

"Cease-fire" and "negotiations" are magic words to "the international community." But just what do cease-fires actually accomplish?

In the short run, they save some lives. But in the long run they cost far more lives, by lowering the cost of aggression.

At one time, launching a military attack on another nation risked not only retaliation but annihilation. When Carthage attacked Rome, that was the end of Carthage.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Israel
KEYWORDS: gaza; hamas; israel; israelgroundop; kerry; obama; sowell; thomassowell

1 posted on 07/28/2014 3:02:20 PM PDT by jazusamo
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2 posted on 07/28/2014 3:04:22 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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There is no cease fire in islam!

They are COMMANDED by their state/religion/law, to commit genocide against the Jews, and the rest of mankind.

Why does the civilized world accept genocidal mohammetans?

3 posted on 07/28/2014 3:06:16 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: jazusamo
But where have the U.N., Kerry and Obama been during all these decades of endlessly repeated Middle East carnage

Life magazine June 1970


4 posted on 07/28/2014 3:09:50 PM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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To: jazusamo

Little john kerry should have been spanked instead of told to sit in the corner. He would have been less of a craven little punk.


5 posted on 07/28/2014 3:12:11 PM PDT by Track9 (hey Kalid.. kalid.. bang you're dead)
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To: bill1952

Wow that looks like little Baraq in the front row.
He would have been 9 yrs old.....


6 posted on 07/28/2014 3:12:28 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: jazusamo

Dr. Sowell is RIGHT!When you call”The Orkin Man”to fumigate your house,do you tell him to stop before he’s done the job?Of course NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 07/28/2014 3:13:30 PM PDT by bandleader
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Wow that looks like little Baraq in the front row

It sure does.

8 posted on 07/28/2014 3:16:07 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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9 posted on 07/28/2014 3:25:59 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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I have long thought that the Israeli's should name every action taken by the Palestenians 'Provocation1', 'Provocation2' ..., and every resulting military response should be named 'Response1', 'Response2' ...

That way everything is crystal clear as to cause and effect.

10 posted on 07/28/2014 3:37:47 PM PDT by The Duke ("Forgiveness is between them and God, it's my job to arrange the meeting.")
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To: jazusamo

Brilliant essay by Sowell.

This is the key sentence...

“In the short run, they save some lives. But in the long run they cost far more lives, by lowering the cost of aggression.”

He should have titled the piece: “The Economics of Cease Fires”.


11 posted on 07/28/2014 3:42:53 PM PDT by aquila48
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Excellent idea...I couldn’t agree more and publish it in large headline above the fold.


12 posted on 07/28/2014 3:45:48 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: aquila48

Bump “The Economics of Cease Fires”.


13 posted on 07/28/2014 3:47:50 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
I remember reading a book entitled, O Jerusalem!, in the early 1970’s that lays out the problem very well. Jerusalem is a holy site of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

As I recall, the book predicts that the feuding which has gone on for hundreds of years will never be solved.

14 posted on 07/28/2014 4:51:42 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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If you want to minimize civilian casualties, then minimize the dangers of war, by no longer coming to the rescue of those who start wars.

I stand in awe of this man...

15 posted on 07/28/2014 6:32:03 PM PDT by GOPJ (Liberal elites want Mexicans as servant class that supplies cheap drugs and easy women and kids)
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You bet, he’s dead on the mark with this.


16 posted on 07/28/2014 6:36:32 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Sowell nails it again.


17 posted on 07/28/2014 6:45:00 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: jazusamo

At one time, launching a military attack on another nation risked not only retaliation but annihilation.


18 posted on 07/29/2014 3:57:27 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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19 posted on 07/29/2014 4:34:13 AM PDT by SJackson (incompetent and feckless..the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f***ing tiller, Hillary)
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20 posted on 07/29/2014 4:39:18 AM PDT by SJackson (incompetent and feckless..the story of the Obama presidency. No hand on the f***ing tiller, Hillary)
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I'm reminded of an old original Star Trek episode where Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew are asked to look into a war which has been going on between two planets for several decades and claimed thousands of lives.

When they reach the destination, they find there are no signs of destruction and everything seems to be functioning normally. But, as they dig a little deeper, they discover that the war is an electronic form of "paintball" and the casualties thus produced dutifully report to disintegration chambers within the requisite three days to terminate their existence.

The warring parties consider it a civilized form of conflict but, when the Enterprise is accidentally "paintballed" in the crossfire, Kirk goes ballistic and starts destroying the disintegration chambers.

The planet is aghast because their "civilized" way of making war has ended and real "uncivilized" war will be unleashed unless they do some rapid and serious negotiation with their opponent.

Such is the position of the Pallies knowing that Israel's supposed allies will always restrain them from doing what has to be done.

21 posted on 07/29/2014 7:07:10 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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I'm reminded of an old original Star Trek episode...



Joshua 9  (NIV)

The Gibeonite Deception

Now when all the kings west of the Jordan heard about these things—the kings in the hill country, in the western foothills, and along the entire coast of the Mediterranean Sea as far as Lebanon (the kings of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites) they came together to wage war against Joshua and Israel.

However, when the people of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai, they resorted to a ruse: They went as a delegation whose donkeys were loaded[a] with worn-out sacks and old wineskins, cracked and mended. They put worn and patched sandals on their feet and wore old clothes. All the bread of their food supply was dry and moldy. Then they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and the Israelites, “We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us.”

The Israelites said to the Hivites, “But perhaps you live near us, so how can we make a treaty with you?”

“We are your servants,” they said to Joshua.

But Joshua asked, “Who are you and where do you come from?”

They answered: “Your servants have come from a very distant country because of the fame of the Lord your God. For we have heard reports of him: all that he did in Egypt, 10 and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan—Sihon king of Heshbon, and Og king of Bashan, who reigned in Ashtaroth. 11 And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, ‘Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, “We are your servants; make a treaty with us.”’ 12 This bread of ours was warm when we packed it at home on the day we left to come to you. But now see how dry and moldy it is. 13 And these wineskins that we filled were new, but see how cracked they are. And our clothes and sandals are worn out by the very long journey.”

14 The Israelites sampled their provisions but did not inquire of the Lord. 15 Then Joshua made a treaty of peace with them to let them live, and the leaders of the assembly ratified it by oath.

16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites, the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them. 17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities: Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim. 18 But the Israelites did not attack them, because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them by the Lord, the God of Israel.

The whole assembly grumbled against the leaders, 19 but all the leaders answered, “We have given them our oath by the Lord, the God of Israel, and we cannot touch them now. 20 This is what we will do to them: We will let them live, so that God’s wrath will not fall on us for breaking the oath we swore to them.” 21 They continued, “Let them live, but let them be woodcutters and water carriers in the service of the whole assembly.” So the leaders’ promise to them was kept.

22 Then Joshua summoned the Gibeonites and said, “Why did you deceive us by saying, ‘We live a long way from you,’ while actually you live near us? 23 You are now under a curse: You will never be released from service as woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.”

24 They answered Joshua, “Your servants were clearly told how the Lord your God had commanded his servant Moses to give you the whole land and to wipe out all its inhabitants from before you. So we feared for our lives because of you, and that is why we did this. 25 We are now in your hands. Do to us whatever seems good and right to you.”

26 So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them. 27 That day he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the assembly, to provide for the needs of the altar of the Lord at the place the Lord would choose. And that is what they are to this day.

22 posted on 07/29/2014 7:47:26 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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