March 9, 2013
Lincoln as Bleeding Heart Peacenik?
An interesting trend has emerged in recent weeks. The Israeli Left, along with most of the world's pseudo-intellectual classes, has suddenly discovered Abraham Lincoln, and is proclaiming him an honorary member of "Peace Now." Obviously it is thanks to the new Hollywood movie. Columnists in the Israeli media are claiming that Israel needs to follow the ethical leadership of Lincoln. Just as Lincoln freed the slaves, or so their mantra goes, so Israel must "free" the Palestinians from "occupation." The Israeli Left has embraced Lincoln because it is convinced that, if Lincoln is regarded as a moral champion, identification with Lincoln must clearly lead one to support the political agenda of the Israeli Left. First and foremost this would mean supporting Palestinian demands and "resistance." So what should we make of this new "Lincoln as Leftist Pro-Palestinian" campaign? Well, even someone with only the shallowest familiarity with American history would know that the two most...(Read Full Article)