An interesting article via The Bleat today from Sen. Fritz Hollings, the Senator from Disney. In it he argues that Bush’s attack on Iraq is actually part of his policy on Israel, rather than a part of the ‘War on Terror’. I liked Lilek’s summary of the idea as “Charles Krauthammer used his super-powerful Jew Beams to cloud the minds of hapless pliable goyim.” But, perhaps because I’m not an American, it doesn’t seem that unlikely to me (apart from the bit about the ‘Jew Beams’). I don’t really grasp what the affinity America has to Israel is based on.
I know the religious arguments about fellow people of God, and the political aspect of a vocal Jewish community in the US, and I understand them, but I don’t ‘get it’. Given that I’m not sure why America is so involved, it’s hard to say where that involvement would end, and the idea of this being a plan for Israeli security is as (un)reasonable as others. And as a concept it’s fine; I don’t think many people would argue that Middle-East peace is a bad thing, though we’ll all quibble on what it would look like. But the degree of, oh, let’s say confidence, that such a sweeping plan would entail is impressive to say the least.
And when I say impressive, I of course mean terrifying.