(This is the third article of the On Zionism series.)
It seems to me that there is a great partisan divide, and those perpetuating it on both sides are using Israelis and Palestinians as surrogates for their own political agendas (see Stop the Demonising and Idiot Compassion). A standard line to pursue at this point (the lefty narrative) would be to take up Jimmy Carter’s point about the brutal treatment of the Gazans, but, if the reader has been following me, that is an argument best left for the likes of Jimmy Carter: much better for me to expose the great Euro-leftie hypocrisy, the great abuse of the Palestinian cause for quite unrelated agendas.
The point can be stated concisely. The Israelis are really doing nothing that other European nation states have been doing for centuries and are doing today on a quite spectacular scale with their American successors (see The Significance of the Iraqi Death Toll). I think it is this giant, monstrous, absurd hypocrisy the principally drives many Zionists nuts, and it is only recently that I began to properly appreciate this. The whole of the modern industrial world order that sustains the middle classes, and keeps the lefties in their muesli, sandals and Guardians, is entirely constructed on the idea of the nation state and its divine right to mete out quite staggering violence in pursuit of the trade, access to resources and dissipation of threats to its interests. It has been my experience (and I have been doing a fair amount of detailed if quite unsystematic sampling) that those that wax endlessly indignant about the evil of the war-mongers, arms manufacturers, Zionists, and so on, are not in the slightest bit interested in examining in any sustained manner any idea that will place themselves inside the circle of responsibility for the unprecedented power, greed, violence and self-righteousness that makes up the modern industrial nation state, and how the current order in the Middle East plays an integral part in it. Indeed to pursue such enquiries is an excellent way to attract a fair amount of hostility towards oneself or to be simply ignored.