Although the Nation is not so bold as to openly call for the obliteration of Israel, or the killing of Jews, it has made itself the mouthpiece for the Islamic Nazis who do. Apologetics for fanatical Islamicists – for genocidal terrorists — has become the Nation’s raison d’etre. If there are culprits in the wars on terror they are America and Israel. Every argument the Nation advances is a slightly modified and more civilized version of the terrorists’ argument for themselves. The Nation is a fellow-traveler of the new Nazism, just as surely as it was a fellow-traveler of the old Stalinism. It cannot go all the way in supporting the Muslim jihad, but it will use all its political capital and literary skills to make the jihad seem as admirable as possible and its victims as deserving of their fates.
According to the Nation (and, be it said, much of the American left) it is Israel’s “occupation” that is the original sin in the Middle East conflict — which not coincidentally is exactly the argument the fellow-traveling left also uses to attack America’s war against the terrorists in Iraq. It is America’s “occupation” that needs to be ended, not the terrorists’ foothold. It is American imperialism that has created the Iraqi “resistance,” whose terrorists, as it happens, are also orchestrated and armed by the Nazi parties, Syria and Iran.
In point of fact — and as everyone knows — there is no Israeli occupation of Lebanon or Gaza that might have precipitated this war. Quite the contrary. It is the lack of an Israeli occupation of Lebanon and Gaza – of a controlling authority to enforce the peace — that has precipitated the present war. Israel’s withdrawals from Lebanon and Gaza have created the vacuum the terrorists have filled. These withdrawals, on the other hand, were successful in one sense, and one sense alone: They were designed to disarm the arguments of the terrorists and their apologists, who have now unmasked their own propaganda as a cynical sham. But the Nation goes on repeating it all the same.
– Fellow Travellers, FrontPage Magazine, July 18, 2006
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