Friday, June 19, 2015

The Wages of Politics is Betrayal

There's a long piece by Israeli pundit Caroline Glick about Israel's multiple betrayals of its allies.
In 1994, Israel betrayed the Palestinians in Judea, Samaria and Gaza who had helped us fight against PLO terrorists for decades. 
That's because when Yasser Arafat and his boys entered the scene they immediately neutralized the folks that had collaborated with Israel.

Then, in 2000, Israel abandoned its allies in South Lebanon.
After 18 years of fighting shoulder to shoulder with the IDF, Israel left the soldiers and commanders of the South Lebanese Army and their families to face Hezbollah alone.
Now, Glick worries, Israel needs to help their old allies, the Druze in the Golan Heights, else they will be wiped out in the aftermath of the Syrian civil war. And then there are the Kurds.

You can make an argument that Israel should have helped its former allies. But that forgets the fundamental axiom of politics, attributed to the British Lord Palmerston.
I say that it is a narrow policy to suppose that this country or that is to be marked out as the eternal ally or the perpetual enemy of England. We have no eternal allies, and we have no perpetual enemies. Our interests are eternal and perpetual, and those interests it is our duty to follow. 
This is too narrow a view. Not just in foreign policy, but in politics in general, there is only expediency, only interest.

So Israel abandoned its Palestinian allies. What did those Palestinians think would happen when they were no longer useful to Israel?

The same applies to US domestic politics. What did the white working class expect when the liberals and the Democrats declared themselves the eternal friends of the exploited working stiff?

What did women expect when liberals and Democrats declared themselves the eternal friends of women? And now liberals and Democrats have destroyed companionate marriage and turned mothers into wage slaves.

What did African Americans think when they elected the First Black President? What blind bit of good has it done them, except to confirm them in a bitter racial and cultural ghetto?

That is what the old Biblical line means: you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Live by politics, die by politics.

Marriage advocate Maggie Gallagher today writes about the lefty notion of the "social construction" of race and gender that the left demands we believe or else. But what about sexual orientation?

Oh no. That's different, and the lefties are attacked reprogramming therapists that propose to help LGBT people of faith reorient themselves towards a heterosexual orientation and traditional marriage.

What does it all mean, you ask?

The answer is that the left is all about politics, all the time. Just like the British Empire, its sole interest is in the eternal and perpetual interest of power. Today its interests include promoting black racism, feminist anti-male activism, social construction of race and gender, and "gay genes" in sexual orientation.

But if you are foolish enough to believe in any of those fantasies, be warned. The day will come when the interests of left-wing power will move on. The political colonels and generals will get in their private jets and scoot off to the next gig. You will be left by the roadside, abandoned and scorned.

That is why conservatives promote limited government and the full flourishing of civil society. Government is force; it only knows how to make war. Politics is division; it only knows how to set brother against sister. But civil society, in our notion, is about the cultivation and the flourishing of friendly relations, anchored in the natural human instinct that to get a friend you must be a friend.

In civil society if you lose a friend, well, there are others. But in politics if you lose your patron you are screwed.

That is why I feel a lot of hope for 2016. There must be a ton of Americans right now that are wondering more and more what happened to all the Hope and Change of 2008?

And the answer is the old one. Put not your trust in princes, for the wages of politics is betrayal.

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