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The Hammer Strikes Again
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Leading neocon pundit Charles Krauthammer’s op-ed piece in today’s Washington Post entitled “The Holocaust Declaration” is astonishing even by The Hammer’s admittedly low standards. He calls on the next president to declare that any nuclear attack on Israel by Iran will be treated as if it were an attack on the United States. The warning to Tehran would be accompanied by an explanation: “As a beacon of tolerance and as leader of the free world, the United States will not permit a second Holocaust to be perpetrated on the Jewish people.” This would be “the Holocaust Declaration.” Krauthammer has long been tone deaf on anything relating to Israel, but the hubris evident in this latest piece is mind-boggling. Many Americans would dispute that Washington represents a beacon for anything these days and its leadership of the free world is certainly questionable as the operative word is “leadership.” Krauthammer is clearly not willing to debate whether the United States might conceivably have a national interest that is different than that of Israel and does not even attempt to make a case that defending Israel is in any way good for America. His willingness to sacrifice American lives, treasure, and liberties for a foreign country might, in another place and time, have been regarded as bordering on treason. The Krauthammer formulation also permits Israel to wag the dog. The commitment envisioned by Krauthammer would clearly be unconditional and the US would be forced to attack Iran even if Israel is the aggressor.

(Republished from The American Conservative by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Charles Krauthammer, Israel 
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