Sunday, August 06, 2006

The Existential War

Andrew Sullivan writes that
The current war is not only bringing out the Jew-haters in America, like Mel Gibson, but also in Europe. Yesterday, one of Norway's leading writers, Jostein Gaarder, author of best-seller "Sophie's World," with 26 million copies in print, wrote an astonishing op-ed in Aftenposten, Norway's leading paper. It's called God's Chosen People.
Sullivan quotes some excerpts from the article, which contains such sentiments as
We no longer recognize the State of Israel. There is no way back. The State of Israel has raped the world’s recognition and will not receive peace before it lays down its weapons ...
Earlier today, Sky News aired an extraordinary interview with British MP George Galloway, in which he insulted the presenter several times, denigrated the State of Israel in loud and strident tones, and in general behaved in a way that some thought had been buried in the Germany of the 1930s and 40s. I share Sullivan's conclusion, that
I think we are in the beginnings of an existential war to destroy the Jewish state. And this much I fear: it will not end, sooner or later, in a ceasefire.
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