I’m interested in the strong parallels between two apparently unrelated events: the shutting down of the Guantanamo Bay prison, and the birth of Israel.
What’s the common factor? Let me explain.
For years, countries opposed to America’s war against Islamic totalitarianism used the prisoners of war at Guantanamo (which is what they are) as a metaphorical club with which to beat up ‘imperialistic America.’ Yet now the anti-Americans are offered those same captives as a means by which to shut down the facility, they’re all suddenly finding they’ve got more important plans for the weekend – that there’s no room at their particular European inns.
This is hypocrisy is of a kind that only European politicians looking down their patrician noses can pull off. Yet it’s the same sort of hypocrisy that explains why Palestinians have been largely homeless for the last sixty years.
You see, when Britain and the US promised the same bit of land to three different bunches of people after the last world war, the UN resolved the problem they’d created by partitioning Palestine into one home for the Jews who’d fled there after Hitler’s holocaust, and another for the Palestinians they’d partly supplanted -– and the Arab countries who surrounded Israel (the new name given to the new, tiny and seemingly defenceless Jewish homeland) figured this was their opportunity to incite the Palestinians into perpetrating their own portion of the holocaust, and helped them to try to drive the dirty Jews into the sea.
When they failed spectacularly –- as they have done every time they’ve tried -– the Palestinians found that all the Arab doors in the area were closed to them. They discovered they were merely the spent refuse of Arab hatred who’d now been used up, and were no longer needed -– except as a means by which to keep the simmering anti-Semitism going.
So just as the Arabs need hundreds of thousands of homeless Palestinians to maintain their violent anti-Seminism, so too do the Europeans need hundreds of Guantanamo captives to keep their nasty anti-Americanism alive. The last thing they want is to have the spent refuse of their own irrational hatreds delivered to their door step.
Much easier just to keep on hating.
Old hatreds die hard, you see, even in the new world washed clean by the Obamessiah.