Even I’ve grown tired of the Andrew Sullivan/Leon Wieseltier thing, but I’m still following it because every now and then something amusing comes up:
One more thing: what universe is Chait living in when he claims that what chunks of Israel have endured lately is anything like the London Blitz?
43,000 Londoners alone were killed in that event in a few months – let alone the carnage in Coventry and the rest of the country. My own family lived in houses that were assailed from the skies – and a million homes were demolished. In one day, in the last assault, 1,364 people were killed and 1,616 were seriously injured. My own mother as a child was knocked unconscious; my great aunt was blinded; my grandfather was permanently disabled. Is Chait seriously suggesting that unaimed, largely useless Qassam rockets from Gaza that killed around a score of Israelis, however indefensible, are anything like the terror that Londoners faced in 1940? Or the human toll?
Did Jonathan Chait really compare what’s happened in Israel the last few years to the London Blitz? Yes, apparently he did. And he’s supposed to be one of the reasonable ones at TNR (I like his stuff on domestic policy a lot).
When it comes to Middle Eastern policy, the entire staff of TNR is as crazy as a shithouse rat.