Jewish World Review Sept. 18, 2013/ 14 Tishrei, 5774
Peace is proclaimed
By Paul Greenberg
It's all settled.
Naturally the deal doesn't cover any and all canisters of sarin Brother Assad may already have used to assure a painful and paralyzing death for hundreds of his own subjects -- from oldest to youngest regardless of age or sex. (Who says the man is not an equal-opportunity killer?)
There's no need to go into bothersome detail at this auspicious point, like whether Assad has agreed to this deal he may or may not renege on even if he signs onto it. But why let any such doubts, or even deep-seated revulsion at making another bargain with Evil, interfere with the celebratory rhetoric?
To quote our president, who rapidly becomes interchangeable with the Russian one, the agreement reached at
Pop the champagne corks. At such a happy time, the image of Molotov and Ribbentrop raising their glasses to the Nazi-Soviet Pact in August of 1939, which made the Second World War certain a week later, comes back -- like a recurrent nightmare. Or the pictures of the historic summit in 1972 between
But most emblematic of all is the not so fictional final scene of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" as Comrade Napoleon and his fellow pigs celebrate their new partnership with Mr. Pilkington and friends. An innocent bystander peeking through the window might look from pig to human and back again and not tell any difference at all between the High Contracting Parties, pig and human. How little Realpolitik and its all too real results have changed over the years.
Now it's Peace in Our Time again. And it doubtless will be followed by the same old war. The peace conferences will go on and on, and
Naturally, there'll always be some spoilsport who'll point out that men cry Peace, Peace! when there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6:14) No one listened then, either. Till it was too late.
All that anybody really needs to know about
Meanwhile, this latest act of obeisance from truth to power evoked a slightly different response from those fighting for a free
Welcome to the club. For it has long been observed around the world that it may be dangerous to have
Or ask the Kurds, who by now have been abandoned more than once by American secretaries of state like
The only thing that seems sure about negotiating peace in
Every weekday JewishWorldReview.com publishes what many in the media and Washington consider "must-reading". Sign up for the daily JWR update. It's free. Just click here.
JWR contributor Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Send your comments by clicking here.
© 2010 Tribune Media Services, Inc.