Friday, June 12, 2009
Thinking About Nuclear Weapons
Since Obama will not stop Iran from building nuclear weapons, one option for Israel is to seek safety in the so-called logic of deterrence. Balance of terror means the USA - USSR model, that worked so well for many decades. Ironically, this will make Israel dependent on the always-problematic assumption of its enemies's rationality.
The model we seem to have adopted here is different, and I could define it as the application of immediate, unexpected, unconventional, massive, excessive, disproportionate force and violence against the slightest provocation. I have never seen formulated it as one of the Israeli ARmy's many doctrines. But that is what we seem to be doing.
If so, what we need are more, much more innovative, unknown, terrifying, mysterious weapons to fill our enemies Levantine imagination with terror. We dont actually seek to physically harm them, the Western world would not allow us to do that, but to teach God's fear to their savage hearts. The phosphorus mist (pic) used during the last punitive campaign in Gaza was effective. But they get used to it very fast and lose their healthy respect to us. We need to invent something that would make their pitiful penises change color and contract, because that our enemies are such that they would happily die a glorious death but they are paralyzed by the thought losing their masculinity. I know that the West would cause us further public relation problems for employing non conventional and forbidden weapons. But we are fighting for peace. And Mozes (see his instructions to Joshua Ben Nun before entering the Land of Canaan) said that we should fare an unconventional war.
And we seem to be winning. Yesterday I saw large groups of Palestinian workers sitting on the grass in Kever Benjamin parks, eating their pitta and hummus and olives, and hitting their heads against the asphalt. I had forgotten their look of unwashed, ferocious Mexican bandits. Once more, quietly, work permits in Israel are being issued. It is very good for our (and their) economy.