Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Tunnel Vision: They Were all Wrong – but Making Mistakes is Not a Sin – and Not a Virtue!

Making mistakes is the privilege of those who do the work

One of my favorite reporters and analysts, Yonah Jeremy Bob, asks: WHY DIDN’T IDF, SHIN BET REPORT THAT AIR POWER WOULDN’T BEAT HAMAS TUNNELS? He concludes his article saying that the defense establishment, Yaalon, Gantz, the IDF and Cohen stonewalled the security cabinet on certain aspects of the tunnel threat, such as the limited effectiveness of air strikes, because they wanted to delay or avoid a ground war at almost all costs – a war that Bennett from the start, and that Tourgemon later on and the comptroller afterwards thought was necessary.

However, in the end, both parties were all wrong. The hostilities spiraled out of control until there was a full-scale war that was fully needless. The ones who thought: only air, and the ones who thought: ground troupes, they all missed that there should not be either.

The State Comptroller is only a professional criticizer

It’s been pointed out that the State Comptroller did not evaluate the latest Gazan War. Rather, he’s a professional criticizer, looking for things that went wrong. Eagerly, he went after the tunnel issue after he smelled that mistakes were made there. He did find a mess – surprise? That’s what he’s paid for and that’s how everything in Israel is run.

In any case, disorder in one area does not doom the quality of the whole enterprise. Protective Edge was not fought against the tunnel threat. Rather, the barrage of rockets became unacceptable. And it stopped. Who says this war failed? Yes, it was too costly – especially in human lives. But every war is.

I don’t like to repeat myself, to harp about the same things all the time. However, sometimes one has to say things over and over again until everybody gets it. Here we go again:

Peace will only come through a process. The only peace process that will help here is the admission of universal hatred for Jews in the Arab World and the start of unlearning Jews’ hated in schools and for grown-ups.

Jews for 120 years want to live together with Gentiles in their own State. For 120 years Arab leaders and populations have rejected this.

Just like Germans after WW II repented, so can Palestinian and other Arabs. No amount of blaming Jews can substitute for embracing Jews. And we are very likable. As with any oppression, the hate cannot be solved by the oppressed being “nicer.” The oppressors need to start taking responsibility for uprooting this very old hatred. We will all profit!

And maybe true friends must first force them to better their ways. Just like Germany was first forced. Better not by force, but if nothing else is in sight, to force someone to stop behaving badly is not bad. It’s good.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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