Haaretz reports with great distress that there are some 50,000 Jewish housing units in various stages of planning for Jerusalem neighborhoods that, like Ramat Shlomo, are beyond the 'green line.'Most of the housing units will be built in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods beyond the Green Line, while a smaller number of them will be built in Arab neighborhoods. The plans for some 20,000 of the apartments are already in advanced stages of approval and implementation, while plans for the remainder have yet to be submitted to the planning committees.
Rabin's mistake was simple and profound: One cannot "make peace with one's enemy," as he imagined. Rather, one makes peace with one's former enemy. Peace nearly always requires one side in a conflict to be defeated and thus give up its goals.
Wars end not through goodwill but through victory. "Let your great object [in war] be victory" observed Sun Tzu, the ancient Chinese strategist. "War is an act of violence to compel the enemy to fulfill our will," wrote his nineteenth-century Prussian successor, Karl von Clausewitz in 1832. Douglas MacArthur observed in 1951 that in "war, there is no substitute for victory."
Technological advancement has not altered this insight. Fighting either continues or potentially can resume so long as both sides hope to achieve their war goals. Victory consists of imposing one's will on the enemy, compelling him to give up his war ambitions. Wars typically end when one side gives up hope, when its will to fight has been crushed.
Defeat, one might think, usually follows on devastating battlefield losses, as was the case of the Axis in 1945. But that has rarely occurred during the past sixty years. Battlefield losses by the Arab states to Israel in 1948-82, by North Korea in 1953, by Saddam Hussein in 1991, and by Iraqi Sunnis in 2003 did not translate into despair and surrender. Morale and will matter more these days. Although they out-manned and out-gunned their foes, the French gave up in Algeria, the Americans in Vietnam, and the Soviets in Afghanistan. The Cold War ended, notably, with barely a fatality. Crushing the enemy's will to fight, then, does not necessarily mean crushing the enemy.
In place of victory, Israelis developed an imaginative array of approaches to manage the conflict:
- Territorial compromise: Yitzhak Rabin (and the Oslo process).
- Develop the Palestinian economy: Shimon Peres (and the Oslo process).
- Unilateralism (build a wall, withdraw from Gaza): Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert, and the Kadima party.
- Lease the land under Israeli towns on the West Bank for 99 years: Amir Peretz and the Labor Party.
- Encourage the Palestinians to develop good government: Natan Sharansky (and George W. Bush).
- Territorial retreat: Israel's Left.
- Exclude disloyal Palestinians from Israeli citizenship: Avigdor Lieberman.
- Offer Jordan as Palestine: elements of Israel's Right.
- Expel Palestinians from lands controlled by Israel: Meir Kahane.
Contradictory in spirit and mutually exclusive as they are, these approaches all aim to finesse war rather than win it. Not one of them addresses the need to break the Palestinian will to fight. Just as the Oslo negotiations failed, I predict that so too will every Israeli scheme that avoids the hard work of winning.
I saw in a supermarket a bottle of something called Pepsi Throwback - an old-style bottle of Pepsi made with cane sugar, available "a limited time only."
It just so happens that this is the only time of the year that one can get Coke made with cane sugar - the yellow Coke caps indicate the kosher for Passover Coke, which do not use corn syrup.
Coke aficionados have known for years that the only way to get Coke made the old-fashioned way with sugar was to buy the Passover formula Coke, and they probably buy more of them than Jews do. (Mexican Coke is apparently also made with sugar.)
Pepsi seems to have noticed this trend, and it is unwilling to concede even this limited market share to Coke. So, Pepsi introduced Throwback - this is its second year - at roughly the same time that Passover Coke is in stores.
The ironic part is that Pepsi Throwback is not kosher for Passover!
That's right - 6 times as many youths depressed now versus during the Great Depression. The statistics don't lie as there is a direct correlation between divorce and having your children grow up with problems. Public schools don't help either (more on that later). From Education Reporter via Kristee Kelley on FB:A new study found that five times more American high school and college students struggle with mental health issues today than young adults who were the same age during the Great Depression era. Researchers at five universities analyzed more than 77,000 respondents to the popular Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory from 1938 to 2007.Of course, pop culture is being injected into public schools via moonbat teachers and administrators who tend to be rabid leftist radicals. Kelley had this to sum up the above article:
Two mental health categories showed almost a six-fold increase. Hypomania, a measure of anxiety and unrealistic optimism, was detected in 31% of students in 2007 as compared to 5% of students in 1938. Depression was noted in 6% of students in 2007, versus only 1% in 1938.
The study also found a significant increase in "psychopathic deviation," which is defined as having difficulties relating to authority figures and feeling as though the rules don't apply to you. The number of youth who scored high in that mental health category rose from 5% in 1938 to 24% in 2007.
Jean Twenge, Ph.D., lead author of the study, suggested .the current numbers may even be low, given the prevalence of antidepressant and psychotropic medications prescribed to youth today
The study did not offer definitive reasons for the increase in mental health issues, but Twenge and other experts suspect cultural influences that emphasize external measures of success such as looks, status and wealth. Twenge is the author of Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before. The book, published in 2006, makes the case that pop culture creates unhealthy pressures that negatively impact youth.1. Divorce1 and 2 directly go together. 4 I think should be number 3 and visa versa.
2. Single parent homes
3. daycare from infancy
4. govt. expected to parent thru p...roxy school systemsSolutions:
1. Keep your family together
2. minimize use of daycare
3. avoid ps like the plague
Bottom line: kids needs more quantity time than quality time from Mom and Dad.
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