Forgive me if I lapse into my old SUNY Oswego Political Science Theory class but may I suggest that I remember more about government from that class 32 years ago, than Ehud Olmert knows about running a government in his entire body. This was the most exiting course took in college, a dynamic professor and incredible classroom discussions of the works of thinkers such as Hobbes, Plato, Locke, Rousseau, etc.
What I learned is that government (even dictatorships) serve by the whim of the people. Its called a social contract. The people agree to pay taxes, follow laws etc. (and in the case of Isreal ignore Olmert’s ugly comb-over) and the government agrees to protect the people’s lives and property. When you get right down to it..that social contract is all you have to know to run a government…”the rest” as the great Rabbi Hillel said, “is commentary, now go learn it”
Without that protection of life and property then the people have the right to break the contract and rebel. Olmert has not been keeping up his end of the contract. And last night he broke the camels back when he said “A country cannot protect itself ad infinitum, because there would be no end to it.” Mr Funny Haired Prime Minister…without the guarantee of protection THERE IS NO USE FOR GOVERNMENT. The people in Sedrot can build their own sewers or name their own streets….your job is to make sure that when they wake up in the morning there is no hole in the roof and no family member blown to smithereens. Thats it..the basic part of government. A Prime Minister that can’t find a way to protect the country ad infinitum is like an accountant who can’t count to ten—>USELESS !
Olmert: ‘A Country Cannot Protect Itself Ad Infinitum’
(IsraelNN.com) Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned in a speech at the annual Caesarea Conference Thursday night that Sderot residents should not expect to be completely protected against Kassam rocket attacks fired at the town from northern Gaza.
The Prime Minister declared that his government cannot offer reinforced rooftops for every edifice within rocket range, saying: “A country cannot protect itself ad infinitum, because there would be no end to it.”
He added that providing rocket-proof structures to all the city’s beleaguered residents who have suffered continuous rocket attacks for seven years, would come at the expense of the security establishment’s operational needs.The Prime Minister also took a swipe at the media and said it should not “encourage, even mutely, demands of citizens that no normal government could accept.”Olmert did not relate to the oft-repeated demand of residents to lead a comprehensive military offensive into Gaza to crush the terrorist infrastructure as was done in Judea and Samaria in Operation Defense Shield in 2002.
As a result of the ongoing attacks, students at the Sapir College near Sderot had vowed a day earlier to boycott graduation ceremonies scheduled to take place outdoors on the day of Olmert’s speech. The students said they felt the danger of a rocket attack at such a large gathering warranted an indoor event. More than 1,000 students and parents had been invited to take part.
Six rockets had been fired at the southern town the previous day, with the last two of the day exploding Wednesday evening. One of these rockets slammed into the Sapir College campus, damaging a building, and the other hit a structure near the Magen David Adom Ambulance and Medical station under construction. Two women were treated for shock.
The students appealed to the college administration to change the location of the event, but officials replied that the Home Front Command had given permission to hold the graduation outside.
At the end, the event was cancelled altogether due to the danger from rocket attacks.
Government promises to fortify public buildings and homes against the rocket attacks have not materialized, nor have funds been allocated for the purpose.