True, deep, tragic inconvenience

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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 01:59 pm

Infrequent blogger Kurt Andersen on inconvenient truths:

Al Gore’s movie about global warming has a brilliant title: It flatters us—those of us who believe the scientific consensus about climate change—that we are clear-eyed and honest and brave enough to admit this “inconvenient truth” that the Bush administration and its reckless, craven, venal corporate allies refuse to admit. Yet the truth about greenhouse gases, although plenty scary, is really not so inconvenient: The blame for inaction is easy to lay on others, a solution seems possible, and that solution doesn’t look that onerous.

Whereas concerning the Middle East, there is for most of us no obvious overriding analysis, let alone fix. Concerning Israel and the Palestinian territories, all the truths tend to be truly, deeply, tragically inconvenient.

And the big one is this: Israel is a good and miraculous nation that deserves the support of civilized people, but the great unfortunate fact about its creation—being carved by the U.N. out of Arab land in 1947—cannot be ignored or wished away … Sixty years on, there can be no revising or reversing that mistake—and when the choice is Israel versus unaccommodating Islamist fanatics, we must be for Israel. Is there any more inconvenient truth?

Andersen got it right in the penultimate sentence: “When the choice is Israel versus unaccommodating Islamist fanatics, we must be for Israel.” Worrying over Israel’s founding isn’t inconvenient; it’s irrelevant.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/24/2006 at 10:02 AM
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