"Tilting at windmills is an English idiom which means attacking imaginary enemies. The word “tilt”, in this context, comes from jousting.
The phrase is sometimes used to describe confrontations where adversaries are incorrectly perceived, or to courses of action that are based on misinterpreted or misapplied heroic, romantic, or idealistic justifications."
Now to Israel's latest tilt:
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is determined to attack Iran before the US elections,” Israel’s Channel 10 News claimed on Monday night, and Israel is now “closer than ever” to a strike designed to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive.
Although Iran is Israel's real enemy, Israel's imaginary enemy in this case is Iran's non-existent nuclear weapons. It is most likely true that Iran is attempting to produce weapons grade uranium, and may do so eventually, but having this material handy is miles away from having a workable and reliable nuclear weapon. First, they must build a bomb, then they must test it. Nobody, not even the Iranians, are stupid enough to try to hit an enemy with an untested device, particularly an enemy with over 400 operational nuclear bombs to hit back with.
Both sides in this insanity are tilting at windmills. Both sides continue to confront each other based on misinterpreted or misapplied heroic, romantic, or idealistic justifications.
Both sides fervently believe their God is the true, the correct, the one and only God, that their cause is just and righteous. Both are basing their beliefs on writings handed down for centuries, writings created in the dim past by men with very identifiable agendas.
Both may be wrong.
Even if yet another war breaks out, who is right and who is wrong will not be settled by another war, not by the Jews, not by the Muslims, not by any human being.
I personally prefer not to see this verbal conflict between Israel and Iran degenerate into a shooting war, one that can easily escalate in a major conflict, one that will certainly not solve the underlying problem of a new Israeli State existing in the middle of what the Arabs consider their property.
Is there an answer to all this? One hasn't been found yet, but more killing and destruction certainly won't help find one. What more conflict will most assuredly lead to - perhaps sooner than later- is the reality of all those mushroom clouds rising up everywhere.
Another point to ponder:
There are several unfriendly nations with nuclear weapons, built, tested and operational. Who is to say with certainly that Iran has not purchased a few of them? Or been given to them by those who wish us harm?
If so, an attack by Israel could easily bring a nuclear holocaust down on them.