I’ve always found the repeated attacks by Republicans, claiming that we’d “let Paris and the U.N. veto our national security”, to be rather funny. After all, they’ve always let another country do that: Israel. They’ve repeatedly supported it, with or without good cause, even though this has caused us irreparable damage in the Arab world (to be fair, Democrats have too). They claim to sympathize with the plight of the Palestinians, but of course they don’t. Just look at this gratuitous Palestinian-bashing in Bush’s speech today:
Peace will not be achieved by Palestinian rulers who intimidate opposition, tolerate corruption and maintain ties to terrorist groups.
“I don’t hate Palestinians, I just hate Arafat.” How diplomatic. And all the while, he’s supporting a government that kills children for sport. Don’t get me wrong; I support Israel’s right to exist. I believe in ethnic self-determination, and Israel is no exception – especially after the Holocaust. However, even as I support its creation, I recognize that it caused the displacement of thousands of Palestinians, whose only choice is between a state with an entirely different society and religion, and the autocratic theocracies surrounding it. No one should have to choose between their freedom and their culture. The Palestinians deserve better than our shoddy leadership on this.