Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It’s Complicated

I won’t pretend to know the inner workings of what happened in the Mediterranean Sea over the weekend when the Israeli Defense Forces attacked a Turkish ship bound for Gaza loaded with supplies for the relief effort in Gaza and killed nine people.

I do know that this further complicates the already-crappy relationship the current government in Israel has with the U.S. and its allies, including Turkey, which is the largest Muslim country that Israel could count on as a friend.

It also points out one of the reasons I stay the hell out of these stories: it’s a mix of religion, regionalism, hard-line intractables, and the U.S. is caught in the middle. If we condemn Israel, we’re abandoning her and throwing her to the wolves. If we unequivocally side with her, we’re blind to their often-harsh treatment of the Palestinians. And in the end nobody wins.

PS: I’ll be interested to see how the right-wingers (Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, et al) blame the whole thing on President Obama. They’ll manage somehow.