But what, to return to the Likud minister’s question, makes Europe different? One thing above all. The EU’s ruling ideology is supra-nationalism. Its founders detested the national principle, which they regarded as one step away from fascism and war. They were wrong: The misalignment of national units with state frontiers is arguably the chief cause of conflict in the world, from Chechnya to Kashmir, from Sri Lanka to South Sudan. But they sincerely believed that national loyalties were irrational, transient and dangerous, as do their successors today.
Israel represents the most vivid vindication of the national principle that humanity has witnessed.
This nails it. It explains anti-Zionism not just in post-WWII Europe, but in the left-liberal and center-liberal world generally. Liberals have become invested in the fallacy that "nationalism breeds fascism".
Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah dies, succeeded by King Salman. The former king's half-brother Deputy Prime Minister Salman bin Abdul Aziz takes the throne after the passing of the 93-year-old monarch. Debka cites an ambitious Iran, the encroaching Islamic State, and revolutionary Yemen (see below) as security concerns facing the new king. Reuters: '"Times are dangerous," said Joseph Kechichian, a scholar of Gulf Arab ruling families. "Mohammed bin Nayef's appointment shows Salman feels it's important to speak quickly with a single determined voice in the face of all these threats."'
The fact that the Iranian regime behaves this way at home does not by itself make a deal with Iran impossible. The United States has a transactional alliance with Saudi Arabia despite its government being no less grotesque. But the geopolitical interests of Washington and Riyadh overlap while the geopolitical interests of Washington and Tehran are entirely at odds with each other. ...
TRIPOLI, Lebanon: “Make way for the martyrs, the heroes,” a loudspeaker bellowed Sunday, as ambulances bearing coffins arrived in Jabal Mohsen, black mourning flags fluttering in the frigid afternoon breeze.
When Gallup issued its annual poll of the men Americans most admired in 2014, it featured two improbable names at No. 10: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. All things considered, 2014 wasn’t a terribly good year for either.
First thoughts: (1) The poll was for "most admired" but I suspect many people answered according to whom they "most respected". (2) Nowhere does the Reuters writer mention the most obvious commonality: a strong stand against radical Islam and terrorism. (3) The condescending tone and the caricatured notions of "bravado" (and in the next breath, "John Wayne") tell us nothing about Netanyahu and Putin, and everything about a class of intellectual sophisticates who do not even have a word in their language for strength, courage, determination, or leadership.