Monday, July 24, 2006

Under The Bridge-Part 2

Struggling to find the answers. That's where I left the last post. Sanity has now more or less prevailed and have decided to stay liberal in this regard for the time being. Am sure Spielberg's awesome storytelling in Munich has had a part in this.

Some quotes from the movie by the Israeli PM Golda Meir...
"..we say to these butchers, you didn't want to share this world with us, then we don't have to share this world with you. There's legitimacy for this, am I correct? Ambushed and slaughtered again.."
"..These people..just want to destroy us. Forget peace for now. We've to show them we're strong. We have laws. We represent civilization. Some people say we can't afford to be civilized; I've always resisted such people. But I don't know who these maniacs are, where they come from..."

That was 1972. Look where that's got us. In a never ending cycle of vengeance and retribution. It's never going to work. And although I am not a left leaning liberal by any stretch of imagination, I would suggest the contributors at Little Green Footballs would do well to remember this.

A counterpoint can be found here in an article from the Washington Post.


Blogger Mumbai Monsoon said...

Violence begets more violence.

Point noted. But that still doesn't answer the question - How do we prevent our nation from being a victim to terror attacks? All you have done is disregard one solution without offering another in its place. What's wrong with having tight borders and unleashing hell outside of it? I doubt America will be a victim of another terror attack for quite some time. Though, it does help that they have an ocean on either side.

People strike because according to them, they are justified in doing so. The only way of preventing that is to eliminate that rationale and prevent demagogues from exploiting people's faith.

How to do so, is perhaps a discussion, better suited off the comments page.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Mumbai Monsoon said...

Besides, a show of strength is necessary to ensure that you demonstrate a credible capability for retaliation. Why else do we possess a stockpile of 50 odd nuclear warheads, and why else do we parade the pride of our military might on 26th Jan in Delhi? Maybe we need to go one step further, caulk the borders and accurately strike at the training camps in northern Pak.

9:29 AM  
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