The Tomato that Started a War

note: Well, having been dumped off of my plane, I get to write the post that I should have written yesterday morning. I will be trying again THIS morning to actually make it on a plane. We’ll see.

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I’ve made the point about the connection between water and war.

But, the point is really more about sophistication. It’s about societal development.

There are A LOT of reasons why societies don’t develop, and it seems that most of them are concentrated in the countries in our neighborhood. Egypt is one of the most corrupt countries on the planet. The Syrians are viciously repressive of their people. The Lebanese are constantly on the brink of civil war.

I could go on.

The only exception seems to be Jordan. More on her later.

In all of these examples, the level of education is abysmal – which means that their chance of becoming sophisticated, non-agricultural societies is zilch. (Well, except for Jordan.)

If you want to know why it’s important to be sophisticated and non-agricultural, read last Friday’s post.

The point is that Israel needs to be aware of the societal development in her neighbors, because it is precisely that LACK of societal development that makes them a long term threat to Israel’s security.

As long as the water-poor countries in the Middle East are agriculture based… (which of course, means all of them) Israel will always need a large, sophisticated army.

Who would have thought that the lowly tomato could start a war. 

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