by Chris Powell
Much of the world has disparaged Israel's celebration of its 60th year of independence (renewed independence, actually) by claiming, as one Connecticut newspaper columnist did the other day, that the country "was built over the debris of 400 destroyed villages and the sorrows of 750,000 people, both Christians and Muslims, expelled from their land."
Even though its re-establishment in 1948 involved war,
As much as the dislocations arising from
Of course Europe, where criticism of
Anyone aggrieved that the areas that are supposed to become the Palestinian homeland –– the West Bank and Gaza –– are separated by 20 miles of Israel might check the map of the Indian subcontinent, where 1,500 miles separate what used to be the two Pakistans (now Pakistan and Bangladesh), or the map of Europe, where Russia's Kaliningrad province is 300 miles from Russia proper, cut off by Lithuania and Latvia.
Traces of vanished, persecuted, dispersed, and murdered aboriginal peoples can be found in practically every country –– that's what Connecticut's Indian casinos are supposed to be about –– but everyone is forgiven except for the Jews, who instead are constantly ducking rocket fire and curses for clinging to their tiny strip along the eastern Mediterranean. Call it tribalism if you want, but that is to be blind to the tribalism that surrounds
Any such peace will be only the peace of the grave –– which has been the idea all along.
Chris Powell is managing editor of the Journal Inquirer.
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