Freeing Israel from the shackles of “world approval”

It is always a pleasure to read Victor Davis Hanson.  Today, I think, it is a must to read him, as he looks at the extraordinary (and impossible) standards to which Israel is held.  He believes, as I have long believed myself, that if you’re “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” — which is the perennial standard applied to Israel — you should just do what you need to do and to Hell with everyone else.

In that regard, let me say that what has always held Israel back is the need not to alienate America, her only friend.  Now that her only friend has manifestly abandoned her, there is nothing to stop her from going her own way.

The Holocaust taught Israel that you cannot just stand by meekly and hope that those who call for your death don’t mean it.  They do.

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  • suek

    He’s almost optimistic – comments that maybe this is just a trial balloon….  Do you believe that?

  • Charles Martel

    Even if it were a trial balloon, it will establish in Obama’s mind how many U.S. Jews he can now count on to support the betrayal of Israel. If that number is large enough—and remember, this is about as big a hot-potato issue as he can throw at American Jews—he will feel confident about actually going through with a complete break.

  • Mike Devx

    Sigh, one more post.
    Took me the whole evening to wade through Victor Davis Hanson’s four page article that Book linked to above.  (Here’s the link again)
    VDH is a historian, and he examines, from a historian’s perspective, the impossible standard applied to Israel that is not applied to any other country.  It truly IS brilliant and well constructed.  I agree with Book and want to urge everyone to read the entire four pages.  It’s well worth it!  If I could commit to memory the entire construction of his article and its facts, I don’t think I’d ever lose an argument that the world-wide condemnation of Israel is, truly, nothing more than hatred of Jews; and that worldwide condemnation has nothing to do with anything that Israel has actually done.  It’s Jew-hatred, world-wide, and nothing else.
    What a brilliant article by VDH!

  • Charles Martel

    If only we could get rid of the Jews. Then:

    Muslim societies would burst into full flower, producing art, science and literature in such abundance mankind would be thrust into the 10th century!

    Asian kids in America would be able to get into the colleges of their choice.

    The Russians would find a cure for alcoholism, Mafia-ism, cruelty, and self-destructiveness.

    Janeane Garofolo and Rosie O’Donnell would become the gold standards of comedy.

    European society would flower anew, producing the long-awaited successors to ABBA and Fabbio.

    Liberal American Jews would no longer have to be ashamed of whatever it is they’re ashamed of.

    Timid Aryans would emerge from their basement dwellings and get jobs in management and dates with girls who put out.

  • Bookworm

    Charles, are you knocking ABBA?

  • Mike Devx

    Re ABBA:
    I still think “Knowing Me, Knowing You” and “The Winner Takes It All” are truly fantastic songs, with with a depth of pathos beyond merely enjoyable bubblegum pop.   (Let me say I often listen to bubblegum pop for an hour or two at a time, so I’m not totally knocking those songs either.)

  • Charles Martel

    Guys, guys, guys, I wasn’t knocking ABBA, I was simply pointing out how the Perfidious Joos are preventing Europe from finding ABBA’s worthy successors.

  • Mike Devx

    Shoot, Charles, Book’s not gonna ban you for disliking Abba (even if you did!).    Book’s not Charles Johnson, banning people from Little GreenFootballs for any disagreement with him that they post on any topic.

    I sort of put Abba down myself, above,  as purveyors of bubblegum pop.

    Hey, why can’t I log in anymore to submit this comment to Book?  😉

    Another one is Foreigner.  Bubblegum rock. (And I really enjoy listening to them, too!)  They gave us “I Want to Know What Love Is” … great song, classic, I think.