Friday, July 28, 2006

Morality inversion

Charles Krauthammer is a licensed psychiatrist and he knows crazy when he sees it. And he sees it in UN and European (not British) reaction to the Israeli efforts against Hizb'Allah.

What other country, when attacked in an unprovoked aggression across a recognized international frontier, is then put on a countdown clock by the world, given a limited time window in which to fight back, regardless of whether it has restored its own security?

What other country sustains 1,500 indiscriminate rocket attacks into its cities -- every one designed to kill, maim and terrorize civilians -- and is then vilified by the world when it tries to destroy the enemy's infrastructure and strongholds with precision-guided munitions that sometimes have the unintended but unavoidable consequence of collateral civilian death and suffering?

Hearing the world pass judgment on the Israel-Hezbollah war as it unfolds is to live in an Orwellian moral universe. With a few significant exceptions (the leadership of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and a very few others), the world -- governments, the media, U.N. bureaucrats -- has completely lost its moral bearings.


That's what happens when process is exalted over results and stability is a fetish of the diplomatic class. Mark Steyn sums up the mindset perfectly:

. . . the foreign policy professionals, these are basically the stability facists, and their whole thing is that they don't want to update their rolodex more than once of twice every third of a century, and that international relations are best managed by the same group of people talking to each other, professionals to professionals, nation to nation, across the decades.

That's just Nixonian detente, which Nixon entered into with the USSR because of the US' own weakness thanks to Johnson's mismanagement of the Vietnam. When the US became stronger thanks to Reagan's arms build-up and attempts to crush the economy-killing inflation of the late 70s, the Reagan plan to confront the USSR exposed that nation's own weakness and the moral failings of a detente policy that kept Eastern Europe under the Communist boot for decades. Similarly, all that the "peace process" and innumerable "ceasefires" that Israel has engaged in since 1987 has done is enable Israel's enemies to get stronger. And now those enemies need to be eradicated.

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