Wednesday, June 18, 2008


I don't like the term the esteemed and respected Caroline Glick used to describe Israel in her book, Shackled Warrior: Israel and the Global Jihad.

"Shackled" is passive, meaning that someone did it to someone else. That means that Israel is some sort of victim. I don't think it's so simple.

Israel has a choice. It doesn't have to be a victim. Israeli leaders have chosen victimhood. That's the rationale behind using the Holocaust to excuse our having a state. The Jewish Nation existed long before the German one and long before Nazism. Even Zionism predates all that. We did not need to lose Six Million precious Jewish souls to "deserve" a state.

Our Zionist "leaders" have shackled ourselves. Just like Dorothy always had to power in herself to return to Kansas, we have the power to brake the shackles and be a free and independent nation-- if we really desire it!


Anonymous said...

I hope that Caroline is slowly breaking out of near-total emotional enslavement to the position of Bibi and his ilk. In recent columns she has indicated that things are a little nastier than all the good little Zionist citizens always presumed. The picking on the word "shackled" might be overkill even if technically it is true. She causes even more naive people to ask more questions, and this is good.

Anonymous said...

I agree that the current leaders of Israel have "shackled" themselves. What I don't understand is why Olmert is still in office. It seems as an Israeli grassroots movement is needed. Why don't Israelis organize and call for an election so Olmert can be booted out of office?

Batya said...

goyish, G-d willing

shira, the Israeli public is rather "unsophisticated" in terms of politics. They don't know how to empower "grassroots." The Left has Shatil, which is very professional. The right doesn't know how.