The classic case: US policy in the Middle East. Despite the obvious fact that US support for Israel has crucial implications for war and peace, the vast majorityHe defends Jimmy Carter's partisan advocacy on behalf of the Palestinians for the "abominal oppression and persecution" they suffer, while conspicuously failing to address the frequently-mentioned but important excerpt from Carter's latest book where the former President writes, "It is imperative that the general Arab community and all significant Palestinian groups make it clear that they will end the suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism when international laws and the ultimate goals of the Roadmap for Peace are accepted by Israel." MacDonald then censures the American public for its ignorance of how Palestinians are denied universal human rights in the 'occupied' territories.
of Americans are oblivious to what is really going on in this region.
MacDonald is infinitely more erudite than I am, and I do not at all disagree with his concern that the neocon's are beating the war drums for what would be a disastrous and unnecessary campaign against a feeble Iran, or that pro-Israeli war hawks have in the past and are still today clamoring for the US to carry Israel's water.
But I wonder if MacDonald is willfilly ignoring pertinent facts about the Palestinians. He does not acknowledge that, with average Arab IQs somewhere in the mid- to upper-eighties (not to mention widespread consanguinety, tribalism, and Islam), a functioning non-authoritarian Arab society is highly unlikely. Nor does he take issue with the use of the word 'apartheid', when it was the crusade against this ecumenically condemned 'evil' that put southern Africa on a path of continual regression, one that it remains on still today. Just as breaking the political power of the high IQ minority turned Rhodesia into a disaster (and South Africa continues to slide in the same direction), so will the Jewish state according a fecund Palestinian population 'equal rights' (including travel) in Israel and the occupied territories lead to that diamond being ground indistinguishably into the surrounding rough.
Indeed, the arguments made by those in opposition to Israeli separation from her Arab neighbors are strikingly similar to those made on behalf of continued unfettered underclass immigration into the US from Latin America. Those favoring sovereignty in both the US and in Israel are smeared as 'oppressing' and 'persecuting' poor brown 'economic refugees', etc. Nevermind that the monetary standard of living is four times greater in the US than in Mexico, and seventeen times greater in Israel than in the West Bank. Nevermind that there is about an eight point average IQ gap between both the US and Israel and their respective inundating neighbors. We can go on and on about the stark differences between both Occidental countries and their relatively destitute, backwards neighbors. That my viewpoint is overly callous is certainly a point of legitimate debate, but shouldn't MacDonald at least mention it?
Instead of driving a wedge between the US and Israel, I'd like to see nationalistic Americans expend their energy trying to convince stateside Jews how current immigration trends bode so poorly for them. We should soberly point to the hostility Hispanic Americans feel toward Jews. The ADL illustrates the olla podrida that is elite Jewish opinion:
One of the most important findings of ADL's 2002 Survey of Anti-Semitism in America concerns Hispanic Americans, one of the most significant and fastest growing segments of the American population, in which the poll found an extraordinary gap between those born in the United States and those born abroad. The survey revealed that while 44% of foreign-born Hispanics hold hardcore anti-Semitic beliefs, 20% of Hispanic Americans born in the U.S. fall into the same category.Yet the league actually blames immigration restrictionists for the immigrants' noxious attitudes:
According to the ADL report, “extremist groups are seeking to exploit the flow of foreign workers into this country to spread a message of xenophobia, to promote hateful stereotypes and to incite bigotry and violence against Hispanics, regardless of their status as citizens.”Nevermind that parsing the numbers shows that whites (who form the bulk of the 'nativistic' movement) are the least "hard-core anti-Semitic" (the ADL's words), with 12% being labeled as such. Over one-third of both blacks and Hispanics, in contrast, are considered stridently anti-Jewish. It is college-educated, wealthy whites who are the least likely to hold views 'hostile' toward Jews, and who are most likely to support Israel. Why should Jews damage the US standard-of-living, economic competitiveness, and cognitive prowess to empower groups hostile to them?
We might also point out the effectiveness of the Israeli security fence, which is almost universally praised by pro-Israeli Americans, including neocon outfits like the WSJ op/ed board. Why has it been able to keep militant unwanteds out there, but is condemned to certain failure stateside?
My sentiments are with Israel. The nation is an outpost of civilization in a vast, desolate and backwards Islamic world. It is home to flourishing scientific and medical research, financial activity, and economic insight. But there is little justification for the US to go to bat militarily for Israel. When trying to do battle in the Middle East (at least partially) on Israel's behalf, we've ended up embarrasing ourselves and strengthening the hand of the Jewish nation's primary antagonist. Far better for our Israeli pals for us to pour some portion of the remaining $1.7 trillion to be squandered in Iraq into alternative energy research. A world where oil has been obsolesced is a world in which the US can unequivocally stand behind Israel.