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Monday, 29 December 2008
Stop the War


There are so many words written about the “root causes” of the Arab-Israeli conflict, you might think the underlying issue is difficult to understand. But you’d be wrong.

The quote on the newstand in the photograph above refers to a statement by Israel’s defence minister that the attack on Gaza is a war to the “bitter end”. Richard Lawson points out that:

The “bitter end” is a nautical term, and refers to what happens if you chuck the anchor over the side without first making sure that the anchor chain is attached to the boat. It refers to the nasty feeling that you get as the end of the anchor chain disappears into the water, leaving the boat without the expected benefit of said anchor.

How tragically apt.

Posted by bigblue on 29/12/2008 at 11:29 PM
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I’m reminded of former SA Foreign Affairs minister Eric Louw, who promised to fight to preserve separate lifts etc “until the blood rises to to horses’ bits”.

Posted by SteveH  on  03/01/2009  at  06:44 AM

Judging by the horses I see when I go cycling in the countryside around here that’s a very common occurrence!

There seem to be so many analogies between Israel and the “old” South Africa. One wonders where the “Israeli FW De Klerk” is, but on the other hand I think that Bleskop had to be pressured into the the peace process by SA’s international sponsors and he didn’t seem to be a paid-up subscriber of one-person one vote democracy until well into the peace talks, around 1992 or so, when he found there was no middle option.

Posted by bigblue  on  05/01/2009  at  11:07 PM

I thought that the Israeli peace-maker was assassinated. What was his name, Rabin?

Posted by Janet  on  06/01/2009  at  12:39 AM

Nobel prizewinner Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.

Posted by bigblue  on  06/01/2009  at  11:48 AM

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