by Emmett R Smith
Mrs New York Democrat Senator W J “Bill” Rodham-Clinton has said that she will declare a policy of immediate retaliation on Iran, if the latter attacks Israel.
This pledge against future election-returns seemingly will include a nuclear quid pro quo.
The question now is whether in a new historical period the anachronistic methods of the late-modern Cold War are merely sub-prime…or completely over the God-damned top?
By this stance Mrs New York Democrat Senator W J “Bill” Rodham-Clinton of course both gets personalities like Mr Krauthammer off of her back and proves, too, that she is indeed an honest-to-Goddess “real all-American” Big Woman.
But it is lousy historianship and promises only more evil to come.
At so many points in the run-up to WW II, the democracies failed the victims of Nazi persecution and the results were as horrible as is well-known.
Now there are all of these miserable people behind walls in Gaza.
It seems to me that all people of actual good will can only agree, there is certainly an authentic emotional drive in this direction (“we have a history of bad experiences!”)
But still there must be an end to the ever “non-judgemental” Baby Boom unending support of “exceptionalist” states.
That is above all irresponsible not only to our own American history and it is not only a question of ignoring President Washington’s famous proscription of longterm alliances.
To sail off into nuclear war at the unraveling of a turban and the collision of flying carpets is a lot to promise — at least we should extract from Israelis a commitment to equal rights for all in Israel-Palestine, and a courageous submission to the simple facts of demography.
Nor is it all just a matter of giving up the quack objectively hopeless two-state “solution.”
For Israelis bravely to seize courage and to do this would be not only a commitment once again by disparate peoples to try living together, it may as well be also the only way yet not-tried anywhere except briefly in America, of breaking the racial trance in the world of heritable vendetta and repeated mass murders.
This sort of made-for-Tee Vee ethnic emotionalism of course is perhaps more-easily catered to by Mr Bobbitt’s looming postcontemporary “market states” — markets as a matter of prestige-value exclude and so increase that same “value,” by humiliation — but it is a load of murder as far constitutions are concerned.
There may be a place for trading to my own advantage in the miseries of my ancestors, but let it be onstage or in the parking lot at Wal Mart, and not in governance.
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 24 April 2008]