Dog-Wagging Foreign Policy
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I don't have any particularly brilliant insight on what's happening in Israel and Gaza right now. I do think that the Israeli government is playing into the radicals' hands for short-term domestic political benefit, and that the those determined to destroy Israel are out of their minds. What I find most frustrating is the neutered quality of political discussion about this issue in the United States. Let me tell you a story to explain what I mean. Once I was talking about the middle east and asked the following: "Setting aside for a moment the moral considerations of supporting of Israel, which in general I accept, how does our support of it serve the strategic interests of the United States?" I was immediately accused of being anti-Semitic. Does that seem fair to you? It strikes me as a little weird.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 10:17 PM
It's really no stranger than being accused of being racist simply by questioning President-Elect Barack Obama's policy on any issue. The problem is that the moral leverage of certain historically oppressed groups, either in the U.S. or in the world, ends up suffocating critical thought on specific policies.
By Marriah, at 9:16 PM