Two recent posts from my colleague and friend Ben Finiti have gotten me thinking, even more than he usually does.
First, he posted a rebuttal (Dec. 13) to my post The “BDS” Movement: A 3-Question Test for Antisemitism (Dec. 10). In it, I proved (to my own satisfaction) that the BDS Movement folks, while claiming to be unbiased human rights advocates, are nothing but a gang of Jew-haters. Ben agreed in part but dissented in part, as the jurists say. He noted that the uniqueness of Israel’s West Bank occupation is not just that it is being done by Jews, but also that it is being done by…an ally of the United States! As he writes, Russia’s occupation of Ukraine and Crimea, like Turkey’s of Cyprus and China’s of Tibet, are conducted by nations distinctly unfriendly to us. Therefore, he concludes that anti-Americanism is at least equal motivation for Western leftists to oppose Israel. Now I don’t like being rebutted any more than anyone else, but Mr. Finiti once again has hit the target. Acu rem tetigisti, as Jeeves would say.
So we have the wonderful situation where Arabs hate America for supporting Israel, and the left hating Israel for supporting America.
The other recent post by Ben is a philosophical reflection on the collapse of Western civilization (“Sophists, Therapists, and Politicians, Oh My…God!”). My resolution, after reading it, is to read up on philosophy. Fortunately, Ben has supplied an excellent reading list which is sure to enlighten and depress me at the same time.