British cartoonist Gerard Scarfe wouldn’t be known if not for the fact he did the animation for Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Like Roger Waters, Scarfe is one of those leftist who believes what he believes without any intellectual honesty whatsoever. It’s really an anti-Western type of ideology. Despite the fact Scarfe lives in the all the luxuries that western civilization offers, his ideology dictates that he must hate all things western, i.e. democratic and support all things despotic and anti-humanist. He’s in the news because of a political cartoon featuring Benyamin Netanyahu building a wall using the blood of Palestinians for mortar. And not coincidentally, the cartoon was published on Holocaust Memorial Day. This will provoke some outrage and get Scarfe some media attention he can lap up and use to score points with despots and act morally superior. I’m sure Anonymous has already nominated him for sainthood.
But as readers of this blog know, I’m a free speech absolutist, so I have no objection to him doing this cartoon. What I object to is the hypocrisy. Shed yourself of the comforts of the West, Gerard, and then we’ll talk.
Yet, like any good liberal, he blames the wrong side for the failure. Clinton and Barak (that name is always trouble!) offered the Palestinians 99.9% of the store and Arafat refused, for you see, there would still be Jews living on earth, there would still be a place called Israel. He couldn’t live with that. Same with the thugs that followed him. Even an old war-horse like Ariel Sharon was ready to take the first big step into Israel’s oblivion and it wasn’t enough for the Palestinian Authority.
And, of course, Clinton wants us (and himself) to believe that it’s Israel’s fault. Many on the Left believe if there was no Israel there would be peace in the Middle East, and in a sense they’re right. When Hitler controlled nearly all of Europe, it was a pretty stable region until the Brits and Americans messed it all up.
Anywho, one has to wonder what the end-game will be: Israel’s destruction by a thousand cuts or a final all-out war in the region?
The great Andrew Klavan (who unfortunately is moving behind Glenn Beck’s pay-wall) has this greatest hit that offers a one-state solution:
Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton says Israel has three days left to strike at Iran’s nuclear facilities or it’ll be too late:
Bolton claimed Israel has only three days to strike before Russia “begins the fueling process for the Bushehr reactor this Friday,” after which any attack would cause radioactive fallout that could reach as far as the waters of the Persian Gulf.
I’m skeptical a strike is in the works, which means a nuclear Iran is pretty much a certainty.
Every day it’s something else with this guy. (Hat tip: Drudge)
During the interview Wednesday, when confronted with the anxiety that some Israelis feel toward him, Obama said that “some of it may just be the fact that my middle name is Hussein, and that creates suspicion.”
“Ironically, I’ve got a Chief of Staff named Rahm Israel Emmanuel. My top political advisor is somebody who is a descendent of Holocaust survivors. My closeness to the Jewish American community was probably what propelled me to the U.S. Senate,” Obama said.
“I think that sometimes, particularly in the Middle East, there’s the feeling of the friend of my enemy must be my enemy, and the truth of the matter is that my outreach to the Muslim community is designed precisely to reduce the antagonism and the dangers posed by a hostile Muslim world to Israel and to the West,” Obama went on to say.
Not a shock to anyone who pays attention and sees through the diplomatic double-speak, but few have the guts to spell it out like John Bolton.
The dirty little secret is that countries like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia…pretty much everyone except Syria, would love to see Iran de-nuked and cut down to size. They’ll deny it up and down and condemn Israel if they do strike, but privately they’ll be relieved.
Bottom line: President Obama’s desire to weaken the United States’ standing in the world is hurting Israel. Her enemies are emboldened. Michael Goodwin at the New York Post puts it best:
Weakness always begets aggression, and, like clockwork, Obama’s repeated signals that he is weakening America’s commitment to Israel are emboldening the Jewish state’s enemies. From Syria to Iran to Lebanon, from Hezbollah to Hamas and the PLO, the wolves smell blood and are trying to gauge whether they can get close enough for the kill.
And whether the United States will stop them. That they even dare hope we won’t reflects the danger of Obama’s demented decisions.
The huge flotilla is the latest example of the open-season mania, with the result that Israel is under international siege — for defending itself. And, not incidentally, for defending an embargo on Gaza that Washington supports.
This whole situation makes me so mad, it’s indescribable. Fortunately, the country seems to be coming around.
These incidents have become so predictable, it’s hard to get riled up any more. “Peace activists” provoke and attack the Israelis, Israelis defend themselves, International community condemns Israel, rinse and repeat.