Monday, May 12, 2008

The good news is, it's not about oil

William Kristol in Monday's New York Times --

Americans grasp that Israel’s very existence to some degree embodies the defeat and repudiation of the genocidal totalitarianism of the 20th century. They understand that its defense today is the front line of resistance to the jihadist terror, and the suicidal nihilism, that threaten to deform the 21st.

So now Israel, and not Afghanistan or Iraq, is the central front on the war on terror. But no explanation of how al-Qaeda, an entity with no state attached to it, could mount a threat similar to Hitler. Unless he doesn't mean al-Qaeda at all, but Iran. Which is how he started the article. Interestingly, the one presidential candidate who's equally fuzzy on the distinction between al-Qaeda and Iran is John McCain.

UPDATE: Kristol apparently was continuing the roll-out of Iran as the number 1 threat --

JERUSALEM (AFP) - US President George W. Bush on Monday called Iran the "single biggest threat" to peace in the Middle East ahead of a visit to the region centered on celebrations of Israel's 60th anniversary.

"To me it's the single biggest threat to peace in the Middle East, the Iranian regime," because of its nuclear programme and its support of groups like the Lebanese Hezbollah militia, Bush told Israel's Channel 10.

It's like al-Qaeda never happened.

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