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In which RtO agrees with Mitt Romney

October 17, 2012 - Harry Eagar
First, let’s clear up something. RtO does NOT believe that Mitt Romney believes airplane windows should crank down. I’ve watched the tape. Romney was trying to make a joke.

He doesn’t know how to go about it, but he was joking. Trust me.

Romney caught some heat when the tape of his secret talk to the rich degenerates in Florida was revealed for saying that the Palestinians are not interested in peace. No kiddin’. They had an election about that, and the no-peace group won in Gaza. The pretend-for-peace guys won on the West Bank.

There wasn’t a peace party on the ballot anywhere.

So if you believe – as RtO does not believe – that Palestinians govern themselves (internally anyway) by a democratic process, Romney’s statement was pellucid truth. Who could object to pellucid truth?

Quite a few people, obviously.

A good time for Palestinians to have been for a peaceful settlement would have been early in 1967, when there weren’t any Jewish settlements in the West Bank (nor any Jews either), or in Gaza.

The Arabs have been trying to exterminate the Israelis for over 60 years now. At the beginning of the effort, there weren’t even any Palestinians. Nobody in 1948 self-identified as a Palestinian, just as nobody in 1800 self-identified as a Rumanian. Now, or course, we have self-conscious Rumanians and Palestinians.

On the whole, neither development seems like a net gain, although Americans can be grateful that a Rumanian army was available for Stalin to attack at Stalingrad in 1943; but the tides of nationalism have a logic that ignores cost-benefit analysis. I cannot think of any benefit to anybody from Palestinian nationalism.

So Romney’s on solid ground. I wish I could think he understands why.


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