. . . Saturday October 23, 2004

Making Masada out of Molehills

Krauthammer offers up the latest attempt to scare the Kerry vote out of you. He will sacrifice Israel. Meanwhile, a group called the Jewish Press regurgitates the Bush talking points in their endorsement of the incumbent.

But let’s review this for a second. Bush ignored the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for two key reasons. One, he didn’t really get it. Two, he had (and has) a contempt for everything Clinton. Now I appreciate the hardline on Arafat as much as the next person, but I don’t quite understand how anyone can see the last four years as being an era of a stellar record on Israel.

This period has been marked by an incredible surge in violence – both suicide bombings in Israel and not-so-targeted killings in the territories. It is also a period that has been marked by a growing sense of hopelessness among these populations who have rarely had reasons to hope for peace in the past. Oh yeah. And there is a now a friggin wall between the two peoples.

Bush has succeeded in talking tough about Arafat and terrorists. But anyway you look at it, this has been a terrible period in Israeli-Palestinian history. Now, no one is suggesting that any president could necessarily fix modern history’s most intractable dispute. But who would possibly try to sell a record that is so bad as being so good that we can’t possibly move forward without the current White House team?

Oh, you know who. You know exactly who.

Concentration is important!