Here we go again! Quicksand awaits the Obama Administration in a day or two- the same quicksand that mired and entangled so many other administrations. What to do about Israel? Sadly, we will be forced once again into playing the idiot role, the undemocratic role as the United States vetoes the newly proposed Palestinian State. Imagine the same scenario playing out in 1776. Oh, but that was ‘different’ say the nincompoops. Oh, sure it is.
The provincial governor of Texas whipped up the evangelical voters yesterday with a pro-Israel tirade. Maybe he’s also hoping for the Orthodox Jewish vote in Brooklyn as well. Whatever. I wonder if soon Perry will sing a reprise of the McCain tune, ‘Bomb, bomb, bomb-bomb Iran?’
Poor isolated Israel. The meek and mild state just wants to be able to defend itself against its aggressive Muslim neighbors. Docile Israel.
What price has our nation paid for defending Israel all of these years? Can we actually tally it up? I doubt it, in fact, we even supplied them with a tidy arsenal of nuclear weapons, but no one is supposed to know that. Keep that info hush-hush, will you? Publicly, the United States has ‘granted’ Israel $53 billion for its military, $101 billion altogether. [link] Each year the U.S. ‘grants’ Israel more than $2 billion for its military.
What does the United States reap for this continual generosity? You tell me.
What’s the root of the Israeli-Palestinian problem? The surface root is land-ownership; the deep-seated root is whether Isaac or Ishmael is more worthy. Who? Who gives a damn! Oh, sorry, I was temporarily living in the 21st century. Of course people give a damn! After all, what happened 4 millennia ago is of utmost importance today! Can you imagine that? The stupidity of it all causes me nausea.
So here we are, 4000 years later, deciding whether we should support the Isaac-backers or the Ishmael-backers. Were my post today under the category of fictional history, it might be entertaining. Sadly, it is 9/21/2011 reality.
Can you imagine???