Europeans have their own version of George W. Bush.
José Maria Aznar, former prime minister of Spain, published an opinion article with the London Times Thursday saying the world must support Israel because "if it goes down, we all go down".
Aznar, who has joined the 'Friends of Israel' campaign to which David Trimble, a foreign observer taking part in Israel's flotilla raid probe, also belongs, calls on Europe to refuse to put up with cries to eliminate Israel as part of global Christian-Jewish cooperation.
"Anger over Gaza is a distraction. We cannot forget that Israel is the West’s best ally in a turbulent region," Aznar writes of the IDF's calamitous raid on a flotilla bound for Gaza on May 31.
Actually, Egypt, Turkey and Jordan are by far better allies than Israel. None of these countries has ever launched an attack killing dozens of Americans, planned to get the US involved in a foreign war by bombing Western interests or had agents caught in a major spy ring. As a matter of fact, not even Iran or Syria has done those things.
Aznar says the real threat to the region is extreme Islamism, "which sees Israel’s destruction as the fulfillment of its religious destiny and, simultaneously in the case of Iran, as an expression of its ambitions for regional hegemony".
"Both phenomena are threats that affect not only Israel, but also the wider West and the world at large," he adds.
Aznar concludes by saying that Israel is the West's first line of defense against the chaos set to erupt in the Middle East, and therefore must be protected.
How does one say “We fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here” in Spanish?
Is there any stupider argument than the first line of defense one? This is an immigration issue, not a 19th century land war. Muslims settlers are legally flying into Western airports and the politicians who facilitate this act as if the only way to Europe is to march through the Levant! Hold the line Judea!
Perhaps they mean this metaphorically. Something like “Muslims will be emboldened if they destroy Israel.” But even this is nonsensical. What act of “appeasement” with regards to Israel lost parts of the Netherlands, Sweden and France to Islam?
If Aznar was really concerned about Islamization, he could’ve spoken up against Muslim immigration when he was Prime Minister. In fact, he didn’t and went ahead with European integration. The only time he bucked the globalist consensus was when he joined Bush’s war on Iraq. If men this stupid are the defenders of the European peoples and their cultures, we are truly in trouble.
Please, spare me the talk about the “West” and what we must do to defend it coming from those who are destroying it by mistaking bad metaphors for reality. We need to ask ourselves why today a “conservative” is one who invokes the “West” when he means Israel and Europe and an "extremist" is one who invokes the “West” when he means Europe only.