Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The 51st State (er.... star)


I've always liked Israel. I don't know if it started with Bible teachings from my Dad, or the way they polished off the Egyptian army in a week back in 60-something, ... or maybe the way they got pummeled immediately after becoming a nation and still wiped out 6 Arab armies all by their lonesome. The ultimate underdog, I thought. Their whole weight on history loomed large on me. Hell; were it not for Herzl and the original Zionists Israel could have easily been in a patch of land in northern Argentina. Imagine the geopolitics of that,... Imagine the Jews in the middle of South American Countries instead of Arab countries,... but I digress.

What happened to the "little engine that could" that it lost the world's empathy beginning with their incursion into southern Lebanon back in the early 80's?... We did, we happened. We have created a defacto mini America in the middle of the Arab cauldron for the past 70 years. You can blame the Britts and the U.N. for putting the package together in 1947, but to think the U.S. did not have their spices in that soup is naive. For better of for worse, Israel is our Frankenstein. A strange amalgamation of holy ethos and a Judeo-Christian fulcrum point coupled with Nuclear capability, Democratic-styled Governance and American protection.

I've been reading up a lot on the history of Israel. Not because of the last few weeks of conflict with Lebanon, but because this is the best reality history show in the planet. I love high drama, and for my money this is the real thing. No matter the book I pick up, from one linking them to evil, to another taking the Palestinian side, to another claiming Israel is responsible for the very semblance of "stability" in the region..... their history is the most compelling read in my entire library right now. My conclusion?...

Israel is our 51st state. It is more of a State than Hawaii or Alaska. Maybe not technically but tell me if either of those two non-continental states has more political clout than Israel. Their military might is the envy of everybody with the exception of the U.S., China, Russia and possibly England. Counting the best trained reservists in the world, they can amass a 600,000-strong army in 1 week and mobilize it to any part of their diminutive State. Their military General Staff are all West Point trained. Their fighter pilots have ten-fold the amount of flight time ours do, they get head of the line application status for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and are considered the best dog-fighters in the world, period. They have a half-billion dollar war reserve stock (in-country) in case the U.S. ever needs it, they get more than 6 billion dollars a year in military assistance (this does not count other non-military aid). Their intelligencia (Mossad) may be old school but there is a reason its methods and "successes" are the envy of the CIA and NSA. The capitol flow from Jewish sympathizers around the world is staggering with investments in the hundreds of billions. Little Israel may be tiny in square miles, but this beast of a micro-nation has talons that reach far and wider than its physical assets reflect. They are mini-"us". They even have rap music, McDonalds, draft dodgers and colored condoms. (...Now if we could only get the NFL to give them a franchise...... the "Tel-Aviv Ark-Angels" or something)

Back in the day when my Dad told me all those Bible bedtime stories I took them in with a grain of salt. Even at age ten I was quite pragmatic and not afraid of religious theories or teachings. Funny thing though,... I've been reading the books of prophecies lately. Even in their most narrow interpretation, -and with a cynical brain-, the stamp of Israel in the "latter days" is something undeniable, albeit possibly circumstantial. It will be interesting and fascinating to follow the events before us. Many movies will be made, songs written and books penned about this little Heaven-State in the middle of Hell on earth.

We should just add that star to the stars and stripes and move along with making Puerto Rico the 52nd. The more the merrier.... or we can just give Alaska back to Russia and Hawaii to the Islanders. It won't make a damn difference to our pockets; welfare states for welfare states,.. in one form or another....

14 comments:

Brooke said...

I wish I had a photoshop program! I got a great mental image of our flag, with it's 50 stars on the blue field... and one star, by itself in the middle on the right hand row with six points rather than five...

benning said...

brooke: Might be fun to try, huh?

I linked to this today. I really enjoyed it. Brings back my own memories. We have to wait for Puerto Rico to decide. Until then perhaps we need to curtail some of the 'Rights' we grant them. They either are a State of the Union or they ain't!

D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

I don't know what this has to do with your excellent post, T-P. but....if we followed the reasoning of the enemies of Israel (allies of islamofascists by default), every non-native American would need to relocate to some part of the globe to allow REAL native-Americans to have their land back.

Truth-Pain said...

Brooke:
Dangit! what a great Idea,... i actually HAVE photoshop but am clinically polio-ridden in my ability to use it. Just too much of a learning curve :)

Benning:
Welcome to Casa de Truth-Pain. Your comments are always welcomed and encouraged, no matter the view.
I will visit your site today, and thanks for the link--up. It is flattering to know my words are somewhat salient to someone... cheers!

Al-Ozarka!
You bring up a great, great point (I smell yet another posting in my noggin'), and yes, it does have plenty of association with my posting, thank you. One can extrapolate many things if we were all to be consistent with our answers and our critiques of the situation in the middle east.... Maybe we can collaborate on a posting, what do you say?

D.Daddio Al-Ozarka said...

E-mail me with your idea!

hillbillyizard@yahoo...or gmail

betmo said...

welcome back tp- it's been a bit quiet without you- but i completely understand the need. :)

Always On Watch said...

Truth-Pain,
I love the new look here! How did you manage this?

I, too, have been off blog rounds, but for a different reason: loads of medical tests. Ugh!

I've been reading the books of prophecies lately. Even in their most narrow interpretation, -and with a cynical brain-, the stamp of Israel in the "latter days" is something undeniable, albeit possibly circumstantial. It will be interesting and fascinating to follow the events before us.

I never try to second-guess God, but I see a prophetic line-up in the current conflict. I'm not worried--not at all--but am watching the news like a hound. And so is my husband, who usually doesn't worry much about current events.

Always On Watch said...

I see how you got this template--checked you right sidebar.

Truth-Pain said...

Al Ozarka:
I will email you tonight, I have something specifin in mind.

Betmo:
Its good to be making the rounds again,... I can see you have been your usual busy self,... I have no idea where you get the time :)

AOW:
Yeah... I get bored with same looks. I love to try new templates.. Betmo says this one looks "dark and foreboding"... what do you think?... i think she's right, but i'm still keeping it :)
As to the posting itself,... I have to tell you, its a great time to be a blogger... so much material, ya know?

Obob said...

Israel has one key advantage, they are literally fighting for survival. They don't want to wipe out the Arabs, it's vice versa. The new template is very slick, you are now hip.

Ellie said...

great post. great to see you back!! and (i think i said this before, can't quite remember) but I like the new look. this is one of the many reasons why I don't like harry truman. maybe we could annex canada... that would be interesting. I can just see bush saying "and to prevent terrorism we shall admit canada to the union. remember 9/11. if we add canada there will be no more terrorist attacks" meanwhile cheney is there thinking "more money!!"

betmo said...

ellie- does a north american union count? we are looking to join with canada and mexico. seems we don't care much for the un or the eu so we'll counter with nato and a north american union.

Ellie said...

betmo - yes! maybe we can bully mexico and canada into joining our pointless war on terror and then we won't look so stupid in the eyes of the world. we might actually have a real coalition. north american union can become NAU. have you seem michael moore's farenheit 9/11? There's this one part where he starts talking about our "great coalition" and the memebers are like Iceland, the empire of paulo (or something like that). but there were maybe three or four he mentioned and none of them could contribute much. really funny the way he presented it. kinda sad though how true it is...

Publius said...

I support Israel and not only their right to exist but also their right not to live in fear of attack. I say it is time the US stopped trying to hamstring Israel and the UN turned their attention to problems that are worth fixing like Africa and let Israel to do the dirty work that the rest of the world is incapable of doing. As for a 51st state, we still have Puerto Rico and DC to think about before we get to Israel, but it would be interesting.