Weekend reflections

Weekend Reflections is on again. Please comment on any topic of interest (civilised discussion and no coarse language, please). Feel free to put in contributions more lengthy than for the Monday Message Board or standard comments.

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  1. Ah – back to “normal”, so here is my belated posting.

    Patrick, you have set up a straw man. I do not “trust” North Korea and/or Iran, rather I know how much the USA has been crying wolf in all its accusations. For instance, North Korea got accused of welching on a commitment to halt nuclear power, when in fact the deal was that it would halt it in exchange for alternative fuels (oil, etc.), and the USA never delivered – it wasn’t North Korea that welched.

    IG, it’s not the point that Zionist dreams fasten on Israel, it’s just that it’s only their dream. Things like the passing of the Venetian Republic inspired poets; Venice had reached out to a wider human appeal, the way the Vatican has now even for non-Catholics. I would be even less bothered by the passing of Israel from the map than the passing of all the little German states; it means no more to me than the abstract idea of Palestine.

    So it just comes down to who gets caught in the works, what else is involved in wiping Israel off the map. It certainly isn’t providing a safe place for Jews right now, and all that concerns me is how to get to a better arrangement from here. Frankly, I don’t suppose there is a good way, but I don’t place any value on Israel itself.

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