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Tevet 22, 5769, 1/18/2009
It is mind boggling to see such a rift between a Government and its People.
Our leaders have called for a unilateral cease fire. What the heck is a unilateral cease fire? I've never heard of anything so absurd before. Only our leaders, from Mars, could come up with that one. And only our leaders from Mars, could say, without blushing, that we have achieved our goals when the Hamas is still in power, still launching rockets against us, firing at our soldiers, and Gilad Shalit is still being held captive. What did we achieve other than killing some Hamas-nikim, but not the heads of the snake. What did we achieve other than destroying some Arab buildings and tunnels? The poisonous Hamas snake is still alive and it's venomous fangs are still intact. It amazes me, the audacity that our leaders have, that can state that we achieved our goals, with a straight face.
The people here are all upset, frustrated, and know there will be a repeat of this situation because we did not finish destroying 'the problem'. They are angry that we are not allowed to complete the job of crushing the enemy so they will never be able to launch another missile at our population centers again. Our army is made up of mostly reservists who have left their jobs and families, to come down and kick tuchus. Bush, Olmert, Obama and Barak have stopped them.
However, saying all this, let's be pragmatic. We knew this operation would have to come to an end before Tuesday. Bush didn't want to leave office with a war broiling in the Middle East and under his watch, and Obama doesn't want Israel and Gaza stealing the news headlines when the media should be focused on his inauguration! Add to that, the fact that Israel is not allowed to win, in order to keep us under the world's thumb.
And THAT, my friends, is the truth, short and sweet. There's a wide rift between the People and Government. They are from Mars, we are from Venus.
One of my favorite sayings is from the movie called, "'V' for Vendetta". In the movie, 'V' states, "People shouldn't be afraid of their Governments. Governments should be afraid of their People." Maybe it's about time that all of us around the world who are being used as puppets, internalized that philosophy, and demanded that our governments really represent us, the People, and let us finish the job we need to do.