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Thrust of argument: Michael Neumann writes 'So we have a country denounced for the most serious human rights violations, whose leader is accused of war crimes, a pariah state, whose doings are almost unbearable simply to watch on TV, much less suffer. Everyone seems to agree that such a state deserves economic aid. Military aid is merely suspended: as soon as Israel leaves the scene of the crime, we are to make sure it has lost none of its killing abilities.

Forget for a moment whether this response is proportionate to the crimes it is supposed to address. Let's just ask what the reponse is supposed to achieve. That's hardly worth asking about the economic aid, since it will continue, albeit at a reduced level. What then about this bold, soberly considered demand to suspend military aid?'.
Direction of resistance / implied resistance: Neumann explains 'It turns out, at least according to Andrew Cordesman, a senior analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, that Israel could fight for "two years" before needing US help. In other words, even instant cessation of all military aid would do nothing whatsoever to prevent the Israelis from doing anything whatever they liked to the Palestinians. Israel is estimated to possess between 200 and 500 nuclear warheads, with cruise missles that have hit targets 950 miles away. Does this sound like a country that will feel pressure from a "suspension" of military aid? Even if the cupboard were bare, it could sell a few of those warheads and buy just about anything it liked.

Jewish activists know this. Left-wingers know this. They also understand what is normally done to contain a pariah state.'


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Removal of resistance: Israel's dissenters, like the USA's, clearly, through the laws of the jungle and necessity, will no doubt be among the most intelligent in the world. Unification: The more sinister the monster, the more potent the dissent in its immediate neighbourhood.
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