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Why does it always fall to Israel?

Posted by Lissa on December 10, 2008

While reading Camille Paglia today, this sentence struck me:

But the events in Mumbai confirmed my opinion about the looming problem of a nuclear Iran: While I oppose all American military operations and bases in the Mideast, I continue to believe that Israel, whose security is directly threatened, has every right to take preemptive military action against Iran.

 How interesting.  Let me pretend for a moment that I have any skills in the realm of logic (which I do not) and dissect that sentence thusly:

1) American military operations and bases in the Mideast are bad
2) Israel’s security is directly threatened by a nuclear Iran, therefore
2a) Israel has the right to take preemptive military action against Iran

Does that look right?

Regarding #1, she doesn’t (in this article) delve into why she opposes U.S. military bases and operations, so I’ll let that one slide.  (I wonder if she opposes them strictly in the Mideast, or foreign operations in general, but I’m too lazy to Google-fu it; if anyone’s bored today, have at it.)  Let’s look at the points pertaining to Israel.

I’m always glad when writers and folks in general support Israel’s right to self-defense.  There are countries in the world that are much younger than Israel — both in the date of the actual State of Israel, and the history of the peoples living there — and yet the right-to-exist of Estonia, or Latvia, or Lithuania, or Armenia, or the Bahamas, or Bahrain is pretty well set.  Hell, if the issue is taking land owned by one set of people and “giving” it to another set of people, why not blame Pakistan and Bangladesh for all the world’s problems?  It would make a lot more sense, to be sure.

But I digress.  What confuses me here is the assumption that the security of Israel is threatened by a nuclear Iran and the security of the United States is not. 

How does that make sense?  Does a threat only count as a threat if it can destroy your entire country, instead of just one part?  Does anyone doubt that the mullahs in Iran hate America almost as much as they hate Israel and the Jews? If a nuclear-powered Iran decided to smuggle a bomb past American borders, rather than launching it through space (and while that might be difficult, don’t even pretend it’s impossible) in the aims of blowing up NYC — does that not count as a threat?

Mind you, I’m not completely stupid, and therefore I shall not pretend I have any clue what the “solution” is to dealing with Iran.  Life is not a Tom Clancy novel; there is not a magical solution that only Jack Ryan is smart enough to see.  But I fail to understand Paglia’s logic, and I really don’t like the outcome from that statement:  The United States better sit its butt out; good luck, Israel, try not to die on us.

Remember, I’m new to this “logic” concept, so please feel free to tell me why I’m wrong!

(h/t Don Surber)

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2 Responses to “Why does it always fall to Israel?”

  1. Ted said

    Not sure the mullahs hate Israel more. Remember, Israel is the “Little Satan”, but we’re the “Great Satan”.

    Not my terms – it’s their’s.

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