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Fruit Of Gaza Invasion–Diplomatic Isolation!

During the past half century while Israel was being isolated by Arab nations, the Muslim nation of Turkey maintained close working relations and the military forces of both countries even worked on joint exercises. Israel last month decided to invade Gaza and end rocket attacks regardless of the diplomatic cost of such an operation. At the Davos conference, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Edogan clashed with Israeli President Shimon Peres over the Gaza invasion. The Israeli leader defended the invasion on ground it was done to halt rocket attacks. “What would you do, ” he asked Erdogan, “if you were to have in Istanbul every night a hundred rockets?” This incited within the Turkish leader an angry reaction, “I know very well how you hit and killed children on the beaches.”

The end result of the Gaza operation was to further isolate Israel from the world. It has become the greatest public relations disasters in the history of Israel. The issue is not so much about halting rocket attacks, but the METHOD USED TO END ROCKET ATTACKS. Firing heavy artillery into areas containing many civilians on ground that Israeli soldiers must be protected is a violation of international law which requires caution in such operations. To argue the life of one Israeli soldier is worth the death of ten children is not a morally defensible view.

The world agrees that Israel has a right to defend itself against rocket attacks. Perhaps, the Gaza operation should have been focused on destroying tunnels being used to smuggle goods. Perhaps, the Israel government could have worked to have Turkish soldiers assume control of Gaza crossings in exchange for a guarantee that rocket attacks would end. There were many options and failure of Israel to utilize them has resulted in diplomatic isolation.

American Piano In World’s Orchestra?

Trudy Rubin, writing in the Philadephia Inquirer, described changes at the Davos World Economic Forum that suggest America’s economic dominance has come to an abrupt conclusion. Its high-tech bubble has burst, deficits are common, the housing market has collapsed and US banks continually need injections of money from all parts of the world. Bush militlary policies have absorbed trillions of dollars away from productive use in the nation and squandered the money by having resources expended– and wasted– in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The unipolar American moment is deemed over,” says Rubin, “in part a casualty of the Bush administration’s political and economic policies, in large part the result of global economic changes that are shifting wealth eslewhere.” At the meeting, Klaus Schwab suggested onstage to Condoleezza Rice, that America was a piano and the world the orchestra. Schwab asked if the piano and the orchestra could play together in harmony.

The current housing /debt/banking crisis in America comes at a time when the nation is massively in debt to China and oil-rich countries like Russia and nations in the Arab Gulf. Many experts believe by 2050, the world’s super economic powers will be China, the United States and Japan in that order, but this prediction may not take into account the growing economic power of the European Union.

There is still one more question– will a new president be able to redirect America’s destiny by shifting priorities from military to economic? Can the United States afford to spend trillions on wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or tomorrow in Pakistan? Has there come a time to call a halt on military thrusts and focus on economic development within this nation. Unfortunately, none of the current crop of candidates appears willing to cast the future of America in long term considerations. Can America continue its present path without suffering terrible economic consequences down the road?