Flowering Friendliness

Comment in response to Economist article “Flowering Friendliness”

China is playing a game when it comes to growth rates. All the independent think tanks I have seen recently have them above 10% growth pa over the next five years. Indeed only at the weekend, Australian numbers compiled by the private sector, particularly the resources sector, has demands for raw materials returned to pre GFC number by mid year and thereafter exceeding them by 10% or more per annum.

IS China playing these numbers down to justify their misleading projection on military spend, and/or to frighten their population into lessening the demands for social and economic reforms?

Does Mossad really make Israel safer?

Comment in response to Economist article “Does Mossad Really Make Israel Safer?

Oh and by the way Tzatz, the so called Clinton solution for the Middle East settlement was no solution at all. The Arabs could simply not accept such an arrangement where it was so biased towards Israel, kept a lot of the settlements in place, and had no real solution to the dilemma about Jerusalem. If that is what you call a comprehensive settlement, then you really are condemning yourself to continuing hostilities.

A Deadly Raid

Comment on Economist artcle (31 May, 2010) “A Deadly Raid”

Until both sides realise that incidents like this will continue until there is a peace deal, this situation is unavoidable. Israel continues to believe that a country with a population of 5 million can use military force to suppress 100m plus around its borders.

The only solution is to stop the settlements, withdraw to the pre 1967 borders, and make peace with the whole of the Arab world. Then have this supported by a million plus troops from UN peace keepers paid for largely by petro dollars, and allow Palestine (Gaza and the West Bank) to develop peacefully into a low cost economic haven right in the middle of the middle eastern powers.

Heaven forbid, Israel may well get on with their neighbours very well, share a common prosperity, even eventually participate in a middel eastern common market. The region could then become a force for good in the world rather than be the reason for most of the world’s conflicts between islam and the West.

How Israel Plays into Hamas’s Hands

Comment on the Economist article (4 July 2010) “How Israel Play’s into Hamas’s Hands”

Very interesting article. Why does Israel seemingly never understand that people will always eventually find a way around repression. If you repress them for long enough, and often enough, you will never get their cooperation and support. Repressing the people of Gaza is causing the opposite effect to what they presumably want. As the article points out, it is not only funding Hamas, but it is allowing them to rebuild the Gaza in their own image which will make it very difficult to un-wind. Without the cover of the blockade, and from it the thriving Hamas controlled black-market, this would not be possible. They are driving the Gazans into the hands of Hamas by their own actions – where else can they go?