George Soros – no E. B. White when it comes to English prose – has written another of his patently dull pieces for the WaPo: Why Obama has to get Egypt right. After clearing his throat with a half-dozen or so cliche-ridden paragraphs (Obama must stand firm, blablabla) about the Egypt situation, the billionaire finally gets to his real point:
The main stumbling block is Israel. In reality, Israel has as much to gain from the spread of democracy in the Middle East as the United States has. But Israel is unlikely to recognize its own best interests because the change is too sudden and carries too many risks. And some U.S. supporters of Israel are more rigid and ideological than Israelis themselves. Fortunately, Obama is not beholden to the religious right, which has carried on a veritable vendetta against him. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is no longer monolithic or the sole representative of the Jewish community. The main danger is that the Obama administration will not adjust its policies quickly enough to the suddenly changed reality.
You don’t have to be Freud, Jung or Adler – or even Dr. Phil – to figure out where this is coming from. The 14-year old collaborationist is crying out for self-justification. If Israel is bad, then what little boy Soros did wasn’t so bad either. There’s no reason for him to be guilty.
Only there is and Soros will live with it for the rest of his life. That’s why he writes these puerile articles.