May 6, 2007

Refusing To Wage the War of Ideas

Caroline Glick criticizes the U.S. State Department under Secretary Rice for its "embrace of surrrender" in encouraging an Iranian and Syrian role in governing Iraq, and taking a similar appeasement posture toward the PA:

Rice and her State Department colleagues oppose both striking Iran's nuclear installations and providing assistance to regime opponents inside Iran who seek to overthrow the regime in order to prevent the mullahs from acquiring nuclear weapons. All they want to do is negotiate with the ayatollahs. They have no other policy.

So too, in recent months the US has embraced the Palestinians. Although the speaker of the Palestinian legislature Ahmad Bahar just made a televised appeal to Allah to kill every Jew and American on earth, Rice insists on transferring $59 million in US taxpayer money to the Palestinian security forces. So too, last week the State Department dictated a list of security concessions that Israel must make to the Palestinians over the next eight months regardless of whether the Palestinians themselves cease their attacks on Israel, or for that matter, regardless of whether the Palestinians maintain their commitment to annihilating the Israel and the US.

Glick says Rice is "shepherding the U.S. to strategic defeat" in other hot spots as well, from Somalia to North Korea. She goes on to describe the political drama unfolding now in Israel in the wake of the Winograd Report's severe criticism of the Israeli government for their conduct of the Lebanon conflict. But in addition to placing blame on a badly handled response to Hizbullah attacks, Glick says the Israeli's leftist "peace narrative", which has produced anything but, has been discredited as well.

At first glance the report reads like an ideological indictment. The commission wrote that a great portion of the blame for the lack of preparedness of both the government and the IDF was rooted in the belief that "the era of big wars had ended." Yet that belief did not stand on its own. It is rooted in the Left's peace ideology.

This ideology maintains that even if a country is forced to fight a war, the aim of the war is to remain at the starting gate and give the enemy what it wants, not to defeat it. The belief that the era of wars is over stems directly from the Left's ideological commitment to the belief that everyone is a potential negotiating partner.

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...what comes across most clearly in the Winograd Report is the committee members' desire to ignore the fact that the Second Lebanon War was a war of ideas no less than a war on the battlefield. Last summer Israel had the opportunity to expose the truth about the nature of the war being fought against it. It had the opportunity to assert itself as a vital ally of the US. It had the chance to defeat the leftist narrative of peace which claims that there is no difference between the IDF and the terror forces attacking Israeli society and so there is no reason to seek to defeat them; and which claims that the war against Israel is not connected to the global jihad.

(via DH Blog)


Posted by dan at May 6, 2007 9:36 PM