Tuesday, July 18, 2006

What an Idiot


(via LGF) Richard Cohen has an op-ed in today's Washington Post.
The greatest mistake Israel could make at the moment is to forget that Israel itself is a mistake. It is an honest mistake, a well-intentioned mistake, a mistake for which no one is culpable, but the idea of creating a nation of European Jews in an area of Arab Muslims (and some Christians) has produced a century of warfare and terrorism of the sort we are seeing now. Israel fights Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south, but its most formidable enemy is history itself.
Better yet:
The smart choice is to pull back to defensible -- but hardly impervious -- borders. That includes getting out of most of the West Bank -- and waiting (and hoping) that history will get distracted and move on to something else. This will take some time, and in the meantime terrorism and rocket attacks will continue.
Someone explain to me why anyone in their right mind would think that the "smart choice" is to pull back to borders that are not impervious, while terrorism continues, while "waiting and hoping" that history will "move on to something else"?! Is this not one of the most illogical suggestions in an op-ed you've ever read? I honestly do not understand how the Washington Post, one of the most well-respected newspapers in the country, could allow such drivel in its paper. Forget the anti-Semitic rants that appear throughout this country for a moment - those, at least, try to make a logical argument, even if they usually fail or inject utter hatred or dishonesty into the discussion. But this... this is just astounding in its sheer idiocy.

UPDATE: Life-of-Rubin notes that we are basically at war with the world press, discussing an incredible series of interviews from last night's Larry King Live on CNN. I think that's why the blogs are so important in this war - it makes this last line of Chaim's have a chance at being untrue:
Like I said, we are fighting two wars here. One of them we are losing really badly.