Anticipating Netanyahu’s Speech
We will have to see what Netanyahu says in his speech to Congress. It sounds like he will say that we must go to war with Iran if Iran does not end its nuclear program.
Implicit in this call for an end to Iran’s program is a call for military force to destroy the nuclear program if Iran does not do so itself. This military force seems likely to be American, perhaps aided to some extent by the Israelis, maybe some Sunni Arabs, and maybe some half-hearted Western European support.
There are a number of non-Jewish politicians who support Netanyahu, including McCain, Boehner, and a lot of conservative Republicans. Some are legitimately concerned, but I worry that some are motivated by Jewish political contributions. In return for Jewish money these politicians are willing to send Gentile American boys (and girls) to fight and die in Iran to protect Israel.
Iran presents some threat to the US, but not nearly as much as it does to Israel. Pakistan probably presents more of a threat to the US than Iran does, and Pakistan already has many nuclear weapons. Pakistan is more unstable than Iran and more opposed to American interests. Taliban training and taking refuge in Pakistan often attack Americans and their Afghan allies in Afghanistan. So, if we were going to send some American soldiers to die to stop a nuclear threat, it would make more sense to send them to Pakistan than to Iran. Because of this, I worry that American Jews are incapable of judging the real foreign policy risks to America. Jews may be willing to see America destroyed in order to preserve Israel.
Maybe Netanyahu, or some Jewish-American politician will say something that will ease my concerns about Jews putting Israel’s interests ahead of America’s, but I am not expecting it. I find this whole dustup over Netanyahu’s speech deeply disturbing, particularly because things seem to be heating up with Russia, but Russia is no threat to Israel; so, Jews don’t worry about a potential nuclear way, except to the extent that it may affect Jews in Ukraine.