Sunday 16 June 2024

Europe has fallen into the trap laid for Israel

Georgia Meloni is right that Israel has fallen into Hamas’s trap. The reasons are understandable. The killings on October 7 were intended to spread terror in Israel and did so. 

What I do not understand is why the G7 countries, the European Union and the West have fallen into the trap laid for Israel.

Alastair Crooke said this six days ago. "The western leaderships’ explicit facilitation of a bloody cleansing of Palestinians has incised the old spectre of ‘Orientalism’ and colonialism onto the skyline. And is gyring the West towards being ‘the world’s untouchable’ (along with Israel)."

Nobody is more annoying than Frau von der Leyen, trouser clad, speaking for what she calls the international community, when she speaks for a sliver of it.

Part of the reason for the Western embrace of Israel is that, despite the disastrous invasions of Iraq and Syria and disastrous attempt to overthrow Assad, American policy is nowadays still expressed in terms of finding and fighting Hitlers, not defending national interests.

National is suspect and shabby nowadays. Anti-Hitlerism is what replaces the sacred in post-Christendom.

I say expressed in these term because the real object of US policy is, of course, power over almost every part of the globe. 

But the Americans are like Mr Gladstone. T.M Healy said that he didn't mind Gladstone always having the ace of spades up his sleeve only his claiming that Almighty God put it there.

Post-Calvinist idealism is an important strand in US policy for foreign policy liberals and for neo-cons, who are not conservatives at all but similar to liberals.

US foreign policy is the foreign policy dimension of wokeism. But one man's woke is another man's poison and another strand of wokeism sees the Arabs as the victims and the IDF as the latest Hitler. 

And so it goes.

Let's stop looking for Hitlers.


  1. Very, very thoughtful, even if I don’t agree with all of it.

  2. Professor John Mearsheimer makes the point that the US relationship with Israel is most of the reason why the USA has lost the high regard in which it was held throughout the world.