By Alan Hart
Palin (or her publisher) chose a title for her latest book with three “F” words –America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and the Flag. But surely there’s something missing. Another “F” word. One with four letters. What could it be? (My answer in a moment).
As she embarks on a 16-state tour to promote her new book, Republican leaders are said to asking themselves what the hell they can do to stop her emerging as the party’s frontrunner for the race to the White House in 2012. They fear that if she did secure the nomination, it would almost certainly guarantee a second term for Obama if he seeks it or a first term for Hillary Clinton if he doesn’t. (My own guess is that while Republican leaders are agonizing about how to stop Palin, Democratic party leaders are considering whether or not they should seek to prevail upon Obama to stand down in favour of Hillary).
I think it’s not unreasonable to speculate that more than a few of Israel’s deluded leaders would welcome a Palin presidency if that was the alternative to a second-term Obama. They must have been delighted with the answer she gave a year ago when Barbara Walters asked her what she thought about the (illegal) West Bank settlements. Palin said:
"I disagree with the Obama administration on that. I believe that the Jewish settlements should be allowed to be expanded upon, because that population of Israel is, is going to grow. More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don't think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand."
Sarah Palin and international law are clearly complete strangers.
Since then she has contributed to Fox News’s character assassination of Obama, and that must have pleased many Israelis as well as the Zionist lobby in America and its stooges in Congress and the mainstream media.
If she did become the Republican party’s nominee for the presidency, could she really make it all the way to the White House?
I’d like to think the answer is “No!” but… The other day her biographer was interviewed by the BBC for a domestic radio program. She was asked why many Americans are apparently mesmerized by Palin. The answer was, “Many Americans feel she is just like them.” I didn’t know whether to laugh cry.
I know and have frequently said, even on public platforms in the U.S., that Americans, generally speaking, are the most uninformed, mis-informed and gullible people on Planet Earth. But gullible enough to make Sarah Palin president? Surely not.
One of Sarah Palin’s most severe critics is Andrew Sullivan, the English-born author and political commentator who writes and blogs from Washington DC. In February 2009, he wrote that he was moving towards the idea of imposing a two-state solution. He added: “I am sick of the Israelis… I am sick of a great power like the U.S. being dictated to.” What does he think of Sarah Palin?
She is, he wrote “a menace to this country… a toxic mix of ignorance, charisma, anger and millions and millions of dollars in funding from the Murdoch empire and from a big chunk of the Christian right.”
I think that’s fair comment.
And the missing “F” word?
Alan Hart has been engaged with events in the Middle East and their global consequences and terrifying implications – the possibility of a Clash of Civilisations, Judeo-Christian v Islamic, and, along the way, another great turning against the Jews – for nearly 40 years…
He’s been to war with the Israelis and the Arabs, but the learning experience he values most, and which he believes gave him rare insight, came from his one-to-one private conversations over the years with many leaders on both sides of the conflict. With, for example, Golda Meir, Mother Israel, and Yasser Arafat, Father Palestine. The significance of these private conversations was that they enabled him to be aware of the truth of what leaders really believed and feared as opposed to what they said in public for propaganda and myth-sustaining purposes.
It was because of his special relationships with leaders on both sides that, in 1980, he found himself sucked into the covert diplomacy of conflict resolution…Now Alan is an Institution in himself. Now, Alan is a regular contributor to Opinion Maker.