The Spine

Hear No Evil, See No Evil

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I know Major General Moshe Kaplinsky, deputy chief of staff in the Israel Defense Forces. Not well, but then I met him first during last year's Lebanon war when top officers had their heads otherwise engaged. Steve Erlanger (with whom I tangled two days ago) has interviewed him in the IHT, and it is a deft and probing set of questions that Steve has put to the general.

Kaplinsky is in no rush even though, as the newspaper's headline
pronounces, "Israel says Hamas is training hundreds abroad." "Military moves in Gaza
mimicking Hezbollah, general says." This is not good news.

Still, Israel needs to wait. One reason being that the brutality of Hamas
in Gaza may bring the movement deep troubles. On the other hand, "If tomorrow morning there is a suicide bomber in Jerusalem, we'd have to
change a lot of things."

Kaplinsky's job, says the general, is to worry. "And his largest worry is Iran," reports Erlanger. And Kaplinski elaborates: "Iran is involved in every instability in this region." Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas and
Islamic Jihad in Gaza and the West Bank, Iraq." As for a nuclear Iran, "everyone understands the consequences."

As we have seen, Sarkozy.

What about the Democrats? Hear no evil. See no evil. No evil.

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