Tuesday, June 25, 2002
Quote from Winston Churchill that sums up why I think the Bush approach to the Palestinian question (or what I like to think of as the Bush-Sharansky approach) is better than either the left-wing or far-right alternatives:
I thought we ought to have conquered the Irish and then given them Home Rule: that we ought to have starved out the Germans, and then revictualled their country; and that after smashing the General Strike we should have met the grievances of the miners. I always get into trouble because so few people take this line. . . . It is all the fault of the human brain being made in two lobes, only one of which does any thinking, so that we are all right-handed or left-handed; whereas if we were properly constructed we should use our right and left hands with equal force and skill according to circumstances. As it is, those who can win a war well can rarely make a good peace, and those who could make a good peace would never have won the war.
There is no contradiction between saying that the Palestinians must be utterly defeated in their war and that their society must be reconstructed and a viable life for them must be assured.