anti-American Left has settled on its post-terror party line, it
seems, which can be boiled down to two words: blame Israel.
Writing in the U.K.'s Guardian,
the ever-reliable Edward Said remarks that Arab hatred of the U.S.A.
is eminently understandable, given America's "support for the
34-year-old Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Israel,"
he adds, "is now cynically exploiting the American catastrophe
by intensifying its military occupation and oppression of the Palestinians."
Said is joined by Jonathon
Power in the Boston Globe, who denounces Israel's "foolish
and counterproductive policy of building settlements on what everyone
knew was Palestinian land," which led an "inevitable"
(and not, he implies, necessarily regrettable) shift toward "serious
violence" in the Islamic world. And in the London-based Observer,
Richard Ingrams wonders "Who
Will Dare to Damn Israel?" and then answers his own question
by reporting on "the undeniable and central fact behind the
disaster that Israel is now and has been for some time an American
colony, sustained by billions of American dollars and armed with
American missiles, helicopters and tanks."
sheer chutzpah, it's hard to top Salon's Gary
Kayima, who blithely counsels America "to start throwing
its weight around" by threatening to cut off all aid to the
Israelis unless they take the "concrete steps necessary to
provide justice for the Palestinian people." Kayima pays lip
service to the "tragic missed opportunity" at Camp David
last year, when Ehud Barak offered sweeping concessions to Yasser
Arafat, and provoked a new intifada for his pains. But in point
of fact, he writes as if the Camp David disaster never took place,
and as if the obvious answer to the Middle East quandary was for
Israel to offer concessions, concessions, and still more concessions.
"There are no heroes and villains here," Kayima insists,
neatly placing suicide bombers and Israeli soldiers on the same
moral plane, and then reports that despite those street celebrations
last Tuesday, "in their hearts, the Palestinians, like the
Israelis, like Americans, like all the people of the world, want
the same things. Peace. A country. A decent life." Oh, and
the utter and completely destruction of Israel. But never mind that.
as millions of Islamic and Arab people hate America because of its
Mideast policies," Kayima warns, "we will be in danger"
of further terrorist attacks. And if millions of people hate our
policies, well, then those policies must be changed. After all,
"no one in the world, aside from some segment of the Israeli
public and, apparently, the U.S. government, believes" in the
moral superiority of Israel (the only constitutional democracy in
the entire Middle East) to the Palestinian terrorists who seek Israel's
destruction. "The Third World doesn't believe it," Kayima
points out, nor does "the United Nations." So sub-Saharan
strongmen, tinpot tyrants, and their tame General Assembly become
the world's sole source of moral authority and the time has
come, Kayima implies, for the U.S.A. to get with their program.
Not even the
slaughter of thousands of Americans, it seems, can shake the hold
of certain illusions over the left-wing mind.