נזכרתי בזה במהלך המלחמה שלי בבניית בדיקות יחידה לאפליקציה לאנדרואיד בסביבת הבדיקה של API 24 והלאה.
I was reminded of this during my war of building unit tests for an Android application in the testing environment of API 24 and later.
Once the Israeli Cast Lead like military action against Gaza Strip starts, it is necessary to organize daily demonstrations next to the White House to get Obama to support the Israeli military operation and not to call for stopping it until the Hamas free Gilad Shalit in exchange for ceasefire and nothing else.
The demonstrators there should be all those silly crazies who demonstrate today next to the Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s house with the demand to release Gilad Shalit at the price of humiliating surrender to the Hamas.
הבן של מבצע עופרת יצוקה וגלעד שליט
ברגע שתתחיל הפעולה הצבאית הישראלית, בסגנון עופרת יצוקה, נגד רצועת עזה, יש לארגן הפגנות יומיות ליד הבית הלבן כדי לשכנע את אובמה לתמוך בפעולה הצבאית הישראלית ולהימנע מלדרוש מישראל להפסיקה באמצע עד שהחמאס ישחררו את גלעד שליט תמורת לכל היותר הפסקת אש.
מי שאמורים להפגין שם זה כל הטיפשים המשוגעים שהיום מפגינים ליד ביתו של ראש הממשלה ביבי נתניהו בתביעה שהוא ישחרר את גלעד שליט תמורת כניעה משפילה לחמאס.
In this article I’ll try to suggest how would Salvor Hardin solve the problem of the Gaza Strip people (see also The Salvor Hardin plan for Syrian-Israeli peace).
E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Second Stage Lensman, chapter 22 “The Taking of Thrale” describes how the 2nd stage Lensman Nadreck (one of the goodies) performs psychological manipulations on the people of the planet Onlo (one of the groups of the baddies). The result of those manipulations was that once provoked, all people of Onlo slaughtered each other with the exception of three commanders, who then were slain by Nadreck.
Given Gaza’s Culture of Self-Destruction, it may be possible to design propaganda, a framework of blackmailings and bribes, manipulations and provocations, analogous to fictional Nadreck’s methods, such that the Gazans will kill each other in an orgy of frenzied assassinations – as long as there are people who adhere to the self-destruction culture. This may eliminate Gaza Strip as a problem for Israel.
There are precedents from the Roman Empire – they employed the Divide and Rule strategy for subjugating rebellious people, such as the Jewish nation about 2000 years ago. However they didn’t go as far as inciting a people to commit self-genocide.
There is the question whether the Onlo solution to the Gaza problem would be moral. To settle this question, consider the following.
During the last several months, I noticed that the strongest voices in favor of accepting Hamas’ terms for release of Gilad Shalit, and against tough negotiations – belong to the Left.
The question, then is: why does the Left press Bibi Netanyahu to surrender to Hamas in the negotiations over Gilad Shalit?
The Leftist movements in Israel, such as Peace Now, have an agenda of demonstrating against the Israeli leaders whenever they try to play tough in peace negotiations with the Arabs, as if playing tough is equivalent to wish for war – rather than wish for peace from better position. They throw to the winds the maxim that negotiations which end in satisfactory results – start with tough-looking bargaining positions.
In the case of negotiations for Gilad Shalit’s release, I suspect that the Left knows that the key for Gilad Shalit’s release is to act tough and even be cruel toward Hamas activists in Israeli prisons. However they do not want that the Israeli public be exposed to the experience of tough negotiations with successful outcome.
Therefore, the Leftists would sabotage the process of negotiations by blaming the Israeli leaders for “abandoning” Gilad Shalit only because they try to play tougher in negotiations with Hamas. Nevermind the fact that true abandonment means that no one is giving attention to the abandoned person; rather than having to do with the specific kind of attention being given. The Leftists demonstrate – not against Hamas or the International Red Cross – but against Bibi Netanyahu and the other Israeli leaders. They try to persuade Netanyahu to release dangerous terrorists, whose release is sure to lead to tens and hundreds of Israeli victims.
Seems that for the Left, it is better to keep the Gilad Shalit problem unsolved, rather than risk the lesson that playing tough in negotiations pays huge dividends.
According to Michael J. Totten, the ruling class of Syria can never make peace with Israel on their own, as they are Alawites – a minority in Syria. If they make peace with Israel, they’ll be considered as traitors and the Sunni majority would revolt and drown the Alawites in blood.
Since it is Salvor Hardin, the following principles are relevant:
The key is to save Assad’s face and convince the Sunni in Syria that by making peace with Israel, Assad really does them good rather than being a traitor.
The plan would be as follows.
The biggest problem in carrying out the above plan is international public opinion. One way to counter it is to earmark few billion dollars for rebuilding Syria once there is peace, and arrange for those companies (presumably, French ones) which currently have construction contracts in Syria and are in position to get reconstruction contracts (for rebuilding Syria) to pull ropes and arrange for public relations so that there’ll be support for Israel’s actions.
There is no doubt that the terrorists, whose release is demanded by Hamas in exchange for freeing Gilad Shalit, will murder even more Israelis in the next few years.
The only difference among Gilad Shalit and those Israelis is that today we know who is Gilad Shalit, and we can associate with him a photo, parents in distress and a life story. Whereas those dead Israelis are today nameless and we have no way to associate with them a photo, grieving relatives or life story. Only after they have lost their lives, we’ll know who they were.
The following is an adaptation of the English translation of a talkback, which I wrote in response to an article in Ira Abramov’s blog (written in Hebrew), which commented on the results of the elections held in Israel at 2009 February 10, whose results showed the decline of the Israeli Left.
I do not think that the Israeli Left lost the elections due to leadership failures, divisiveness or other nonsense.
I think that it was a victory of the Palestinians in their war against the Israeli Left, pure and simple.
After such battles, which ended with unequivocal victory of the Palestinians, why does anyone still wonder that the Israeli Left lost its influence over Israeli politics?
During the last few days, I have been alarmed by the news that the families of the soldiers abducted by Hezbollah and Hamas are suing the government in the Supreme Court in an attempt to force it to weaken itself in its negotiation tactics with Hezbollah and Hamas.
My concern is that those families are not taking the long range view.
The way they are pursuing now has the consequence of weakening the Israeli ability to deter its opponents. Thus, few months or years from now, Hezbollah and/or Hamas will abduct 5 soldiers. Then the families of those newly-abducted soldiers will be furious at the Shalit, Goldwasser and Regev families for preventing the government from adopting the hard-line stance, which would have deterred our enemies from ever kidnapping Israeli soldiers.
Contrary to popular opinion, this is not a personal Olmert issue. Any Prime Minister, faced with the same situation, would have to adopt a similar course of action.
Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007
Some of the stories are startling. For example:
#2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
#11 Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed
The information is slanted against Israel – see:
#9 The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall
On the other hand, the story of Palestinian terror acts, before the Wall’s construction was started, is not widely known outside of Israel and is not in the list.
In addition to few massive lawsuits, there is also a petition to add captions to all Hebrew language TV broadcasts in Israel, for the benefit of the hearing impaired. You can find it in http://www.azuma.co.il/show_petition.pl?id=889.