As a Cherokee, I'm not too happy having the Trail of Tears compared to the problems in the Middle East. At the end of the League of Nations mandate, Palestine was partitioned and the Palestinians had a state with the borders they now claim to want. Their patrons in the Arab states fought several wars to contest those borders and lost each one. Now, Israel wants one thing to return to the prior borders as if the wars never happened: recognition as a Jewish state. American Indians understand theocratic states, or they used to. The American left used to support the Israelis on socialist grounds; now they support the Palestinians on anti-colonial grounds. Neither made much sense. A two state solution is hard, but a one state solution is the end of the Jewish state. Anybody who calls this clear cut is not thinking very seriously.
Friday, December 14, 2012 - 09:00