In its “Notable & Quotable” feature on July 25, the Wall Street Journal quoted an excerpt from a New Republic article that quotes Secretary of State John Kerry (recall, he fought in Vietnam) lecturing to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
“When I fought in Vietnam, I used to look at the faces of the local population and the looks they gave us. I’ll never forget it. It gave me clarity that we saw the situation in completely different ways.”
“This isn’t Vietnam!” Netanyahu shouted. “No one understands Israel but Israel.”
Kerry tried explaining himself again: “No one is saying it’s Vietnam. But I’ve been coming here for thirty years, and I’m telling you, what’s building up in the Palestinians has only gotten worse. I’ve seen it. It doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong; it just is. It can’t be solved if you can’t see it how they see it.”
Too bad the Democrats can’t regard Republicans with the same sensitivity they demand of Israelis regarding the Palestinians.
Of course, if it doesn’t matter if it’s right or wrong, there’s no good reason not to treat our democratic allies, who are right, as the aggressors against our terrorist enemies, who are wrong. Which is just about what the Obama administration is doing.