The dog that didn't bark

 'The dog that didn't bark' is an expression from a Sherlock Holmes mystery. It was an important clue that led to identifying the criminal. It seems that the killer entered and left the estate grounds one night but without the guard dog barking an alarm at the intruder's presence as expected. From this non—event Holmes reasoned that the dog must have known the killer and that clue led to solving the case. There is an analogy to U.S. Mid—East policy where U.S. silence, i.e. our failure to 'bark' when we should, in the face of outrageous events is also a clue to U.S. attitudes. We can contrast the significance of when the U.S. 'barks' and when it is silent. We observe that when Israel defends itself the Administration is very capable of promptly barking its disapproval. For example when Israeli forces entered Judea and Samaria to root out terrorist murderers, Colin Powell had no trouble barking at Israel in a nasty manner for them to get out and be quick about it, and...(Read Full Article)