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Topic: "Psychiatrist,5 cents"(6)
"For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction."--Isaac Newton (Sir, to the uninitiated).
The Laws of Newtonian Physics have a certain applicability to human behavior. Taking the example above, Frodo knows that if he were to walk up to any member of any "Tea Party" organization and call that person an "anal opening on a mammalian" that he could reasonably anticipate some level of indignant response (albeit borderline intelligible). Extrapolating the action to the theory, Frodo can say that certain behaviors are going to result in something which is either predictable or which should have been expected.
Let's consider, says Frodo, the apparently thoughtless announcement by the Government of Israel that they were planning to proceed with the construction of housing on the West Bank, while the Vice President of the United States was present in their country. The United States had not been notified of the decision and, in fact, Biden was there to encourage further negotiations on this and other matters producing discord in the Middle East. One might assume that this was a faux pas.
If one made such an assumption, then one is demonstrably naive.
Frodo asks one to consider that visit, not so long ago, when the young President made his first sojourn to the Middle East. Not only did President Obama visit several Arab nations, but he also delivered a brilliant manifesto regarding the policy of the United States to work closely with all parties in the region in pursuit of peace. The fact that he did not visit Israel, who legitimately feels itself to be America's closest ally in the region, was a tactical decision made, apparently, to add a level of credibility to the hand offered to suspicious Muslims, around the world. It also pissed off the Israelis, big time.
It was a slap in the face to the Israelis that the President visit their geographical neighbors, and not even stop by and say "Howdy-Doo."
So why would anybody be surprised that the proud, if not obstinate, Israelis didn't feel it necessary to remind the United States that one turn deserves another? We may still be friends, even if we have a little tussle in the grass from time-to-time, but neither party should take the other for granted. The Vice President was the vessel.
President Obama is the recipient of an equal, and opposite, reaction. All of a sudden that great speech he made begins to drift off into the sands of time. Frodo suggests that the President strongly consider what Sir Isaac had to say when struck by an apple falling from a tree. He might also wear a helmet and count his fingers when next he shakes the hand of Mr. Netanyahu.