posted on Dec, 30 2004 @ 09:42 AM
If they were wise, Palentinians leaders would take a cue from Finland during the cold war. They developed equipment that was obviously only suited to
defense, but spent a great deal of money on it. Emphasis on anti-tank and anti-aircraft (especially when so close to Israeli runways).
I have never been able to use the ATS search engine very successfully, but there was a discussion of tanks back in the summer; we were talking about a
finnish tank (s-4? s-8???) that doesn't have a turret--the barrel is fixed to the chasis, and the single human occupant is open to the air. It
sounds suicidal, until you look at a picture of one of these tanks parked in a roadside ditch around a bend of highway. I think the visible profile
of the thing is 10 inches or so, most of which is the barrel of the main gun.
It's obvious that anti-tank guns will have trouble locking, and that the Finn is planning to shoot first and get a hit, while only risking one
soldier. It also turns out that the biggest part of the cost for a tank is the turret hydraulics, plus the fancy-pants motors. But a tank designed
to be stationary is extremely cheap to build and man.
The point is, Finland's military posture was a huge lubricant for Finno-soviet relations, since it was obvious that the Finns couldn't invade, and
the Russians would not waste a first-strike surpise on a non-Nato state. Both state could tolerate the situation.
The thing is, no one really expects the Palestinians to cease to exist, since they are in a ring around the state of Israel. There is a real
possibility that Isreal could be obliterated. It is that possibility that galvanizes Israeli attitudes about the conflict. If the Palistinian
Authority could appear less threatening, then Israeli extremists would command less conformity from their people.
Since Palestinians have no central authority, there is no reward for their extemists to moderate, either.
As someone sagely pointed out, the return of the Gaza strip is a diplomatic end-run around Palestinian statehood: The UN might take Gaza from Israel,
but not from Egypt. Egypt will never willingly give it up, and would be supported by the UN.