With the nomination of Chuck Hagel to Defense Secretary, the issue of Israel and America’s relationship with her is squarely on the table and so I think it an appropriate time to re-state my views.
As for Hagel, himself, I don’t have much of a concern, one way or the other. He’s clearly not qualified to be Secretary of Defense but, then again, we can say that about pretty much all of Obama’s nominees (the only two who had a shred of credibility in their posts were former CIA Director Petraeus and outgoing SecDef Panetta). Hagel also has clearly stupid views about Iran and what our policy towards the Muslim powers should be but, once again, that is common for Obama Administration officials. In Hagel we’ll get a man who doesn’t know how to do his assigned job and who will bring to his job a set of beliefs which are divorced from reality: the Obama Administration in a nutshell. But there is something disturbing in Hagel’s apparent views about the Jews and Israel.
There seems to be a gigantic shift in views about Israel and the Jews going on. I won’t call it so much a throwback to the old anti-Semitism but, rather, just a resurfacing of anti-Semitism which never died out. Think about it – Hagel, himself, has complained about the “Jewish lobby” and its influence on American policy, and that is nothing more than a re-phrasing of a thousand statements by Hitler and his minions about the baleful influence of the Jews and how Germany must be protected against the machinations of the Jews. For some reason, hating Jews and being worried about their alleged influence is a hardy perennial among people – and for those who try to ascribe it to some particularly Christian ideal, I point that ancient pagans felt the same sort of hostility and, of course, modern pagans called communists, fascists and Nazis have been hostile to Jews to one degree or another. The bottom line is that anti-Semitism is back, in force, and is steadily gaining in social respectability.
I can only assume that this anti-Semitism was latent all along – that even among those who most earnestly spoke of their friendship for the Jews when the Holocaust was a recent memory there were, even then, people still harboring some sort of lingering resentment towards the Jews. It may have been that only because we had 6,000,000 fresh corpses lying about that people muted their anti-Semitism…but now that memories have faded and, also, the drip, drip, drip of Holocaust-denial poison has worked in to the social fabric, it is becoming easier to be openly ant-Semitic. All of this helped along, of course, by a well-financed (by Muslims) narrative about Israeli treatment of the Palestinians…all those stories of anti-Muslim persecution by rich, brutal Jews. Also helped along because the Israelis, themselves, are human beings and thus prone to mistakes – and each Israeli mistake becomes set in stone as supposed proof of Israeli evil.
At this moment in time, Israel cannot count on a friend in the world – there is not a single European nation which would stick its neck out for Israel and while Obama is President even American support is of a doubtful quantity. Meanwhile, even those few Muslim States which had worked out a livable relationship with Israel (most notably Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) show themselves increasingly hostile. The majority of the American people back Israel, of course, but that is not too useful when the levers of power are controlled by people who don’t back Israel.
So, why do I support Israel and the Jews? Because Jews are people and deserve to live. It really just comes down to that. You can’t sell me on any notion that the Jews are some kind of invader in Israel and have no right to be there – if we’re to do a title search on land ownership then no nation out there is going to survive. And not just us with our questionable title to our land but, heck, the Poles don’t want too close an inquiry in to who owns Silesia, the Russians have a lot of explaining to do about Karelia and the Kalingrad Oblast…and, of course, the Muslims most loud in their shouts of returned land really need to explain why they are in Constantinople and Alexandria. It is what it is and people are where they are – and most Israeli Jews are native born and have never lived anywhere else.
I support Israel because they are civilized and democratic. Show me a civilized and/or democratic enemy of Israel. You can’t. One and all, the nations which want to destroy Israel are tyrannies and are barbaric. When was the last time a Christian church was burned down in Israel? Any Christian community attacked and massacred in Israel of late? The Christian community of Israel is growing, the Christian community of the Muslim world is shrinking. Jews, Christians and Muslims can all vote in Israeli elections, serve in Israeli government and live their lives as they see fit…in Muslim nations Christians can be murdered for just being Christian. Who’s side should any civilized man be on in this battle? Can anyone rationally tell me that if Muslims were given control of Israel tomorrow that they’d allow equal civil rights to non-Muslims?
Supporting Israel is a no-brainer. Its not something open to rational debate. The Israelis prove themselves, each day, to be better than their enemies. Until their enemies rise to Israeli standards, there is nothing for it but for rational people to back Israel to the hilt. And so I shall – and if the Muslims really want to fight this thing out (and I do believe that at least a large portion of them do) then I believe that Israel – and the United States – should eventually oblige their desire and make them pay the price for their barbarism and tyranny.