Hand Me the Dice, I’m Attacking Irkutsk

According to FOX (H/T Nevergiveup), Vice President Joe Biden (in Jerusalem) just told Israel that the US is willing to stand by those who will “take risks for peace.” First of all, this comment denies the reality that Israel has always been the one to make concessions, and has always been the one strong-armed into making more. It also rests upon the completely unsubstantiated assumption that these concessions will, in any way, shape, or form; lead to “peace” – an assumption which is disproved by even the most casual glance at history. Finally, I take great umbrage at the use of the word “risk” in this context.

Risk noun – exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance.

That doesn’t even remotely describe what Biden is asking of Israel. To “take a risk” is to gamble, to take a chance, to face the possibility of failure. It also implies that success is an option. It’s not a “risk” when you know for sure, without a shadow of a doubt, that any overture you make to the Palestinians will (literally) blow up in your face. That’s not a “risk”. That’s an absolute certainty.

3 Responses to “Hand Me the Dice, I’m Attacking Irkutsk”

  1. DustBunny Says:

    I hadn’t seen the video. I’ve been under a rock, I guess. NOW I’ve seen it.

  2. DustBunny Says:

    Shoot, wrong thread. ;p

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