The Scrawny Bully

There is a certain type of school yard bully that is small, smart, and mean.  Because this bully isn’t as physically capable as the people he bullies he has teamed up with a bigger kid who handles the dirty work. 

Often, this type of bully was bullied himself until he found someone with whom to team up.  But instead of using this new situation to simply stop the bullying so he can get on with his life he turns into the bully.  Maybe it was just to get some payback at first, but then it becomes a way of life for him.

Older people seem to be surprised that people my age and younger are increasingly anti-Israel.  It isn’t that we are pro-Palestine either.  We are fed up with Israel.  It is because Israel seems to be that scrawny bully and the U.S. is expected to play the part of the big dumb backup. 

Israel is a nation of people whose history was one where no one wanted them and kept trying to expel them from this country and that country but they had no ‘home’ country where they could go. 

Israel turned around and started treating the Palestinians in much the same way that they were historically treated.  Only the Palestinians fought back. 

Most of us are tired of the fighting between the two.  Many of us think it is very hypocritical of Israel.  A lot of us think Israel is starting to look worse and worse in this.  And a whole hell of a lot of us are fed up with the fact that we are expected to back up Israel even when they do stupid things of which we do not approve.

We don’t want to stand behind Israel as their ‘back up muscle’ anymore.  They seem to have enough muscle themselves now.  The only problem with the comparison is that the scrawny little bully usually is the brains of the operation and Israel seems to be acting more and more brainless.

They are so militant in what they want that they refuse to do anything that would help stabilize the area and are in fact a factor in destabilization in that part of the world.  So long as any side continues to hold to the idea “my way or no way” the Middle East will never reach a place of stability.

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