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Friday, January 15, 2010

The truth about the Middle East

Victor Davis Hanson lists five truths about which it's not politically correct to speak. The fifth one deals with Israel.
5) The “Middle East” is a Fraud

Why do we beat ourselves up over Israel and the Palestinians? Why not occupied Cyprus? Or the Kuriles? Or South Ossetia? Or the divided city of Nicosia? Is there a “Falklands Question”?

Why are not Germans blowing themselves up in Gdansk, the former East Prussia, the Alsace, or old Silesia to recover “lost” land?

Were there no Israeli-Arab wars before the “occupation” of 1967? Does anyone think that, should the West Bank simply take a 30-year break from the violence, emulate Western business and government, draw in Gulf capital, a few thousands acres here or there would then be still be relevant?

Are the far poorer people of Chad blowing themselves up? Is the world crying for those in the slums of Lima? Does want and famine drive those in rural China to capture the world’s attention by virtue of their terrorist acts? Do we send special envoys to occupied Tibet? Is there a Green Line there?

Sorry—take away three things, and the Mideast “crisis” is relegated to Cypriote status. If there were no oil in the Arab Middle East; if there were no Islamic terrorists; and if there was no endemic global anti-Semitism, we would be as likely to have a “Mideast czar” as we would an “Ossetian Czar.”
He's right with almost any President of the United States until now. But Barack Obama is a zealot when it comes to pressuring Israel, and I suspect that he would have had a Middle East czar even if there were no oil and no terrorists. The same goes for Jimmy Carter.


At 2:35 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The world is obsessed with Jews. And it would still pay them inordinate attention even Israel wasn't in Yesha.

At 5:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to the MSM we are stuck with a know nothing America hating racist anti-Semite as our president. What a disgrace. All the MSM would have had to do is report on Rev. Wright’s sermons and other talks he gave to know what kind of a person obama is. The LA Times went so far as to suppress a tape they had of obama praising a terrorist by the name of khalidi. Not to mention samantha powers and Zbigniew Brzezinski to name just two more.


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