Thursday, July 08, 2004

Egyptian Military Buildup
Ominous sign for Israel. It used to win wars because it had better weapons. Not as much the case today as before.

Israel's position is not pretty. Still surrounded, with a weakened economy, a declining military advantage, and recent largely successful demonization. Add to that the growth of the military might of its neighbors, their neighbor's increase in economic clout, and the continued population explosion of those on their borders, and the situation looks dire long term.

But when was their situation ever not dire? They have been outnumbered for years, and quite a few times were outgunned as well. Somehow they keep things together. People say America supports Israel because of money, imperalistic overtures, etc. I don't think that's it. We support Israel because we like plucky underdogs who seem to find ways to win.

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