Writing opinion columns (or blogs), let’s be honest, is not rocket science. Many such writers are bright men and women, but only one that I know of has a background that makes me stop short for sheer intellectual firepower and that is Charles Krauthammer. I admit that I pay special attention to what he writes, give it extra weight.
Krauthammer has a column this morning that is getting a lot of attention in the blogosphere and elsewhere. In it, he contends that the essence of Kerry’s so far exceptionally vague Middle East “plan” is the sacrifice of Israel. That is the lever by which Kerry will achieve his vaunted international coalition. In Krauthammer’s words:
Think about it: What do the Europeans and the Arab states endlessly rail about in the Middle East? What (outside of Iraq) is the area of most friction with U.S. policy? What single issue most isolates America from the overwhelming majority of countries at the United Nations?
The answer is obvious: Israel.
The “road map” would be back in spades with a fake negotiated settlement being proposed at every turn. Ironically, it was Clinton and his team that finally exposed the bankruptcy of this policy at Camp David when it became clear that the Palestinian Authority under Arafat had no real interest in a two-state solution, only in a one-state solution. Returning to this policy helps no one, neither the Israelis nor the Palestinians who are not encouraged to face the reality of their situation and improve it. Only Arafat and his kleptocrat cohorts profit. And, of course, the Euros who get to act out their weird/sick justification of their treatment of the Jews that Ron Rosenbaum so aptly described a while back.
There is a lot to be said about all this, including Kerry’s peculiar denial of his own background (Where does that fit in?), but I will stop and allow commenters to take over. Have at it.