The More Things Change…
If you are as tired of the smarmy banter coming from our Eurotrash friends, here is some commentary from P.J. O’Rourke abut the Israeli Palestine issue, written back before 1988. The piece is title Among the Euro-Weenies, and in the segment I am posting here, he is having a discussion with his radical London friend Meg.
“There is,”” said Meg, “at the back of the American psyche the feeling that the American way is best.”
As opposed to what? As opposed to living in seedy, old, down-at-the-heels Englan with an eighteenth-century class system and seventeenth century plumbing? Or as opposed to lining up for pita-bread ration cars in a half-assed African sandlot run by a fanatical big mouth with a dish towel on his head?
“What do you think we should be doing?” I asked Meg.
“Sitting down in a really serious way to solve the Middle East problem is what Reagan should be doing.”
“What if it won’t solve?” I said. “I know the source of this terrorism is the Israeli-Palestinian problem. And that’s a place where two wrongs don;t make a right. But it’s also a place where two rights don;t make a right.”
“The Palestinian problem has to be treated in a much more serious way,” said Meg.
The Europeans are great ones for solving problems by taking them more seriously.
It goes on and on, but I think you get the hint. Although Hosni Mubarak, de facto leader of the virulently anti-semitic and anti-American Egyptian press just says that Arafat needs more time.