As I’ve said before, I prefer for the two rival monotheisms to be at each others’ throats rather than united against Christianity.
Islam and Judaism are closer to each other than either is to Christianity, so it’s silly to think that we have to pick one or the other to favor. I often hear from fellow conservatives that the Muslim God isn’t really God because Muslims reject the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation. This is never said about the Jewish God.
I know this is kind of perverse, but don’t you kind of feel jealous of Islam that so many young men are ready to kill and die on its behalf? I can’t imagine what it must be like for masses of young people to be inspired enough by Christianity to make any sacrifice at all for it. We imagine that we’re doing pretty well if we can keep our children from defecting to the Left. How the heck do those Mohommedans, with their false revelation, do it?
I appreciate a good neocon-bashing round as much as the next man, but at some point doesn’t what happens in Iraq become the responsibility of the Iraqis? When do we get to that point? To me, the instant association of “misfortune in Iraq” with “Bush” is starting to smack of American parochialism.
How to explain America’s overwhelming partiality toward Israel? The Palestinian leadership is a nasty piece of work, but no worse than many “freedom fighters” we’ve supported in the recent past. If Israel were the weaker party, I could understand supporting it as a move to weaken and destabilize the Muslim world, but Israel is certainly not weak. Why not wash our hands of the whole damn mess? Some blame Christian fundamentalists and their kooky End Times theology, but this is a group that is obviously powerless to affect policy on any other issue, so I doubt they would be all-powerful on this one. Others say that the Jews are bribing or blackmailing the US government to do Israel’s bidding. This explanation at least names a genuinely powerful interest group, but my impression is that American Jews are not as uncritically Zionist as many other groups. To me, it is clear that American Zionism is a side-effect of Americans’ strong conditioning to regard any criticism of Jews as unacceptable. It’s been drilled into all of our heads that only a bigot would say bad things about Jews or the way they use their influence. (One may, of course, criticize individuals who “happen to be Jewish”, but not recognizably Jewish communities as such.) Certainly, groups of Jews were heavily involved in setting up this conditioning process. However, like all ideological weapons, it is no longer under the control of its creators. If the American public comes to regard something as Jewish, then even the protest of all American Jewry will not keep it from enjoying immunity from criticism.