January 7, 2006

costs of appeasement...

Jonah Goldberg, on the movie Munich:

It didn't make my column, but one thing that bugged me was the constant emphasis on money. The Israeli hit squad was told to keep their receipts. They kept a running tally of how expensive everything was, etc etc.

I got the sense that what Spielberg and Kushner were trying to communicate was that "vengeance" is expensive not just morally, but financially as well. We could be spending the money on better things, in other words. But one has to wonder whether in the rest of the world that message (as intellectually and morally bankrupt as it is) will rise above the more superficial message that Jews are always concerned with money...

People who portray Jews as obsessing over money are NOT trying to convey any lofty message. My guess is that it's simply anti-Semitism. Or perhaps just the typical position of a millionaire Hollywood Lefty, expressing disdain for ordinary people who have to worry about money. Which the Israelis probably did; Israel was a poor country with a crushing defense burden. And despite support from terror-supporting dictators and European Eloi-states, the terrorists probably had their own money worries, and their own budgets---but nobody ever portrays them as money-grubbers.

"Expensive morally and financially." I disagree totally. It was morally correct to hunt down and kill those murderers. It was the only way justice could be done, and the only way to prevent them from murdering others, and a necessary step to discourage future terrorism. Appeasing terrorists is equivalent to murder, and we are fighting a war now partly because the world did not give Israel its full support in the fight against Palestinian terrorists. And Spielberg is now helping to cause future wars by his moral equivalence about terrorists. Spielberg is a murderer.

The financial point is just laughable. Slaughtering terrorists is about the best financial investment the world can make. They are now costing the world's economies trillions of dollars a year, if you combine direct costs plus opportunity costs plus the costs of uncertainty.

Posted by John Weidner at January 7, 2006 6:36 AM
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