www.AndrewSullivan.com - Latest Posts The Wages of Hate: Anti-semitism and the war My sweetie suggests my blog is awfully long on politics and short on books, authors and personal stuff. Part of the reason for that is that there is just so much good stuff to talk about.
Sullivan has been banging the anti-semite drum for some time. The asymmetry between the Left's criticism of Israel and its silence about the police states and feudalisms which surround her. The Sunday Times article sums up his position and should be read widely.
The War against the 13th century Islamofascists needs to be recognized as the clash of pre and post Enlightenment cultures. So long as we want any sort of civil society we have to support our own post Enlightment values and those countries in which the notion of dissent, loyal opposition and the supremacy of law co-exist and support each other. Israel qualifies - Iran, Iraq, Saudi, Libya, Syria and Egypt do not.
As Sullivan points out, we are free to critize Israel's conduct; but we should never be in the position where we equate Israel with South Africa, Zimbabwe, China or a host of other nations in which ethnicity is the paramount consideration. That was exactly what the Enlightenment notion, embodied in the United States Declaration of Independence, that "all men are created equal" sought to toss in the dustbin of history. Unfortunately no one told the mullahs.