"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Jonah Goldberg on Palestinian Violence on National Review Online

Jonah Goldberg on Palestinian Violence on National Review Online: "the Hamas landslide clarifies another issue. In 1996, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen wrote a hugely controversial book, Hitler's Willing Executioners. The thesis was straightforward: The German people were in on the Holocaust; German culture and history harbored and nurtured an 'exterminationist' version of anti-Semitism that simply awaited ignition from Nazism's torch."

In closing, "Recognizing this fact doesn't automatically mean we should treat the Palestinians like cartoon villains who can never change. That's as foolish as assuming they didn't know what they were getting when they cast a ballot for Mrs. Farahat."

Jonah Goldberg always writes a convincing piece, interesting, certainly food for thought.


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