Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Keeping Up With The Journals...

I don't know if any of my readers keep abreast of The Journal of International Security Affairs, but the Fall 2008 issue (which is on news stands now) is completely devoted to Middle East policy and contains a pair of very interesting discussions on issues pertaining to Israel. Israel is a subject on which many Americans have very strong (and equally ill-informed) opinions, and these opinions tend to be polarized into stark black and white interpretations of the situation. In the U.S. at large Israel is considered to be an angelic, underdog state that's fighting to survive in a hostile "neighborhood", whereas when I was in university the opposite view prevailed - The vast majority of the Poli-Sci student body at U of L viewed Israel as something bordering on a terror state presiding over an ill-gotten territory and abusing the rights of the displaced Palestinians.

Reality, of course, is rather grayer than either of those views, and in the interest of that line of discussion I urge readers to have a look at these two articles by David Wurmser and Caroline Glick. Seriously, click those links - They're more than worth your time.

1 comment:

Jay said...

Stark black and white opinions are much easier to maintain than well-informed ones.

One need only make a cursory review of major hot-button issues such as abortion and climate change to see that.

Part of it is, no doubt, a consequence of the media tendency to reduce every issue to a sound bite. Part of it is our innate tendency to prefer easy decisions.

I'm not sure it's a problem for which there is a good solution.