Friday, October 22, 2004

Krauthammer on Kerry

Charles does a fabulous job of trying to muddle through Kerry's many statements foreign policy positions and comes to the interesting conclusion that the lynch pin to all of this is our alliance with Israel:

He really does want to end America's isolation. And he has an idea how to do it. For understandable reasons, however, he will not explain how on the eve of an election.

Think about it: What do the Europeans and the Arab states endlessly rail about in the Middle East? What (outside Iraq) is the area of most friction with U.S. policy? What single issue most isolates America from the overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations?
The answer is obvious: Israel.

In what currency, therefore, would we pay the rest of the world in exchange for their support in places like Iraq? The answer is obvious: giving in to them on Israel.

I sure pray to God that he is wrong, but something about it resonates with me. Until the recent liberations of Afghanistan and Iraq, Israel was the only democracy in the middle east; it is an oasis surrounded by a culture of hate just waiting for the oppurtunity to destroy it. We think of America when we refer to the phrase "shining city on a hill," and though we were the first democracy, we ought to remember Israel is truly that shining light. As philosopher Eric Hoffer said regarding the fate of Israel, "As goes Israel, so goes America."