I am a great admirer of Melanie Philips and her clearheaded way of telling us what happens in Britain. Today however she unfortunately encapsulates the emotional dilemma of the modern European, even those resolutely on our side.
She begins by demolishing the Guardian cartoon we see in the post below. It appears the newspaper has published an explanation that the Star of David studs on the gloved fist might be misinterpreted as Jewish, instead of Israeli, which was not their intent, no, not at all. As Phillips says:
Ah. So vilifying the Jewish state using Judeophobic imagery is ok, as long as everyone knows it’s Israel that’s being vilified and not Jews, who are of course different.
The source of this venom is not merely the charge that Israel is using ‘disproportionate’ force in Lebanon and Gaza. It is the belief that Israel has no right to use force at all to defend itself, because Israel has no right to exist.
After this, she gives us a little history of antisemitic thought and of its pervasiveness in the European mind and in the Islamic world. She continues,
Even if it were to destroy Hezbollah, however, this is not the head of the snake. That lies in Syria and Iran. Only if those regimes are toppled will the fight-back against evil have any chance of success.
So far, so good. OK then, here it comes:
The real problem is America. Far from being too gung-ho, it has flinched from what needs to be done. Its failure to hold Iran and Syria to account explains in large measure why it is in such a mess in Iraq — precisely where Iran wants it to be. These terrible events now unfolding in the Middle East have been caused by Iran and Syria —but it is America’s lack of steadfastness, courage and strategic vision over many years which have allowed this crisis to unfold.
So America alone, then, as Mark Steyn says? America alone, as a kind of Israel writ large? Alone, against increasing European hostility and weakness and appeasement, against thousands of hostile newspaper editorials and television commentators - alone forever?
Maybe so. Perhaps that is what it will take. An American city nuked and we would be right there. But if America ever truly does feel that way - a feeling sustained through total, implacable Jacksonian war - there probably won’t be much consideration given to the sensibilities of a weak, neutral to hostile Islamified Europe in our solution.