January 2, 2007

Dupes or criminals...

John at PowerLine writes:

...State lied about Cold River [link, link] because, had it acknowledged that Arafat was the unrepentant and cold-blooded murderer of an American ambassador, the American people would have demanded action. It would no longer have been possible to pretend that the PLO was anything other than a terrorist gang. It may no longer have been possible to pressure Israel to accept Arafat as a "partner in peace;" to invite Arafat to stay at the White House; to applaud his speeches at the U.N.; to hold hands with him at one futile "summit" after another.

The world has no shortage of longstanding ethnic and religious conflicts. Take just one example: the conflict between Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan over Kashmir. This dispute is almost exactly as old as that between the Israelis and Palestinians. I haven't done the research, but I would wager that more people have died in Kashmir and as a result of that dispute, than as a result of the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Yet where are the front-page headlines to accompany every fatality in Kashmir? Where are the endless U.N. resolutions? Where is the international pressure on India to trade "land for peace"? Where is the endless procession of Sunday morning talking heads assuring us that resoluton of the Kashmir dilemma is the key to solving all of the problems of Central Asia?

The truth, as we have often said, is that Israel has little or nothing to do with the many pathologies that beset the Arab and Persian Middle East. A magical, overnight solution of the Palestinian problem would have zero impact on Iraq, on Iran, on Syria's domination of Lebanon, on the sinister threat posed by Hizbollah, etc.

Yet the State Department soldiers blindly on, committed to what must be the biggest lie in American foreign policy--the near-mystical belief that the Palestinian "peace process" holds the key to progress in the Middle East. So committed is State to this myth that it preferred to cover up the murder of its own personnel rather than confront the hollowness of its own policy....

The leftists and elitists of our State Department have to "soldier on" with their insane policies, because Israel, in many ways—symbolic, historical, cultural— is us. Israel, like the USA, slipped out from under the control of European elites, and bootstrapped a new country, free, democratic and capitalist. And bumptiously self-confident. And, bitterest pill of all, successful, while all around it lay the ugly failures of all that the Left cherishes. Israel's sin (besides being Jewish) is to have shown-up the traditional elites. and that's America's sin, too. Israel is out 51st state.

And therefore to admit that Israel is in the right is to admit that the United States of America may be in the right. And to admit that the "Palestinians" are in fact a cesspool of hatred and crime is to admit that the UN, under whose tutelage the Palestinians became what they are, is itself a cesspool. And that all the Leftists who have supported the UN (and the "peace process," and Plaestinian terrorists) so fanatically over the decades are either dupes or criminals.

Posted by John Weidner at January 2, 2007 9:39 AM
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