The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Monday, August 07, 2006


Some elements of the left-leaning MSM appear to be promoting a new meme that I fear will become more prevalent as Israel continues its fully justifiable war again the Islamofascist group, Hezballah. Two examples should suffice:

From The New Yorker magazine:
... Israel is a good and miraculous nation that deserves the support of civilized people, but the great unfortunate fact about its creation—being carved by the U.N. out of Arab land in 1947—cannot be ignored or wished away. We have no choice but to support Israel, even though the Israeli Defense Forces are killing civilians, dozens a day, in Lebanon. All of those deaths, one wants to believe, are unintentional, unavoidable mistakes. Yet as Richard Cohen wrote in his Washington Post column last week, “Israel itself is a mistake . . . an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable [but which] has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now.” Sixty years on, there can be no revising or reversing that mistake—and when the choice is Israel versus unaccommodating Islamist fanatics, we must be for Israel. Is there any more inconvenient truth?

From Canada’s CBC :
So let's face the uncomfortable fact that there is no solution to the Arab-Israeli problem — except perhaps the passing of time and the appearance of a mutual enemy so threatening that they have to unite in defence. The truth is that the UN made a horrendous mistake in 1948 when it partitioned Palestine to create a sovereign Jewish state on Arab land.

So … it was a mistake to partition a land mass in which the Jews had lived continuously for over 30 centuries, a land mass populated by hundreds of thousands of Jewish inhabitants, who built major historical cities (can you say “Jerusalem”)? The core lie that is used by the ‘Israel is a mistake’ crowd is easy to debunk. Prior to the UN mandate in 1948, there was no country called Palestine. There was no king, no parliament, no dictator, no nothing. There was only a collection of small towns and cities populated by people of many religions and backgrounds. There was land, but it was not “Arab land” – it was land used by Arabs, Jews, Christians, and others.

The objection of the Islamic inhabitants then (and today) was not the partitioning of land, but the creation of a non-Moslem state in their midst. They cannot and will not tolerate infidels unless those infidels are dhimmi (subservient). That’s the “inconvenient truth,” and it makes this latest lie all the more heinous.

So why has the left-eaning media given voice to the ‘Israel is a mistake’ crowd. The answer is simple – a key component of their worldview appears to be appeasement—peace at any cost. If we could only rectify this “mistake”, they imply, we’d surely mollify the Islamofascists and peace would be at hand.

Someone once said: “No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no appeasement with ruthlessness. There can be no reasoning with an incendiary bomb.” That someone was an icon for modern liberalism, much beloved American President Franklin D. Roosevelt.