Geography is destiny, and UN interference with the natural order of things is perpetual war among tribes on steroids. From our July 2006 blogpost "The Mother of All Root Causes": The partition plan for Palestine adopted by the UN in 1947 "took on a checkerboard appearance," writes Mitchell Bard in the Jewish Virtual Library. "These boundaries were based solely on demographics. The borders of the Jewish State were arranged with no consideration of security; hence, the new state's frontiers were virtually indefensible." Even then, the UN was worse than clueless.
"Oh, blah blah blah," twitters spot the dog, our favorite AmerAussie engineer, cutting through all the politically correct, keening condemnation of Israel for pre-empting the progress of that flotilla of self-proclaimed "peace" activitists trying the other day — in Charles Krauthammer's words — "to provoke an incident and weaken Israel’s blockade of Gaza." A babel of voices are trying to get at the truth or truthiness of the incident, but not even Krauthammer said it better than spot:
Sorry, but nothing makes me want to support Israel more than endless headlines reading "UN condemns Israel …"
Tim Blair — who has floated our boat since those heady days of "fake-but-accurate" plastic-turkey glory of yore — first among equals of Aussie opinionators, has rightfully named our own spot the dog "Best of Breed" on his list of "24-carat, 140-character characters you might enjoy." We often meet the doggie on Twitter on the cusp of the International Dateline at the crack of dawn here in coastal New England as we are just getting out of bed at Tiny's nose-biting insistence and spot in Western Australia is winding down to head off for the mattresses down under. Twitter makes for strange bedfellows.
Now, having pre-emptively made up our mind about what's going on in the waters west of Gaza, we're off to sub rosa blogfriends Solomonia, Richard Landes of Augean Stables, Professors Reynolds and Jacobson and other kahunas to bone up on what's really happening on the ground. The MSM — do they still have that? — having chowed down the Palestinian bowl of dog food in a single gulp, has nothing to offer but mischief and obfuscation.