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Beyond Détente and Processed Peace April 10, 2009

Posted by Daniel Downs in foreign policy, Israel, Middle East, peace, politics, United States.
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Back in 1976 I wrote Beyond Détente: Toward an American Foreign Policy. The publisher, Sherwood Sugden & Co., distributed some 2,000 copies of the book’s galleys (before the book itself was published) to the members of the Republican Party’s National Convention.

The publisher supported Ronald Reagan in the 1976 presidential campaign. Perhaps he hoped, contrary to the results of the presidential primaries, that the Republican Convention would choose Reagan as their presidential nominee. Well, as you know, America had to wait until 1980 before Reagan was nominated and subsequently elected as President.

You also know that Reagan was called “the great communicator.” But he was more than that. President Reagan pursued a defense and foreign policy that hastened the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Now ponder the title of that book I mentioned: Beyond Détente: Toward an American Foreign Policy. In Israel, the title would be: “Beyond the Peace Process: Toward a Jewish Foreign Policy.” I have written hundreds of articles bearing that message—even in a book: Jewish Statesmanship: Lest Israel Fall.

Well, Israel just elected Benjamin Netanyahu as Prime Minister, and Netanyahu is also known as a “great communicator.” That’s as far as the resemblance goes, for Mr. Netanyahu is dedicated to the “peace process.” In contrast, Reagan not only opposed détente before he became President, he also harbored the ambition to collapse the Soviet Union.

America, a big country, sometimes produces big men with big ambitions. Israel, a small country, tends to produce small men with small ambitions. I am speaking of contemporary Israel—not the Israel of King David or of King Solomon. The present State of Israel cannot even defeat a gang of terrorists: Fatah or Hamas!

Is it any wonder that the United States and the European Union treat Israel with contempt? Is it not remarkable—nay, grotesque—that they should demand that Israel cooperate in the establishment of an Arab-Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, the heartland of the Jewish People? But why not, since the major parties in the Knesset have endorsed a Palestinian state?

Thus, while the democratic world looks down on Israel with undisguised contempt and hostility, its attitude toward Israel’s despotic enemies is benign even generous!

This moral inversion indicates that the democracies or their ruling elites have become Satanic. They have aligned themselves with the wicked. Contrast this alliance with the epigraph of Beyond Détente, where I quote from Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm:

It is not my purpose … to show how easily the tragedy of the Second World War could have been prevented; how the malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous; how the structure and habits of democratic states … lack those elements of persistence and conviction which can alone give security to humble masses; how even in matters of self-preservation, no policy is pursued for even ten or fifteen years at a time. We shall see how the counsels of prudence and restraint may become the prime agents of mortal danger; how the middle course adopted from desires for safety and a quiet life may be found to lead to the bull’s-eye of disaster.

By Prof. Paul Eidelberg

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