Sunday, March 18, 2007

On Zionism

(From a recent article, the author of which might scream like a banshee if I mentioned his name.)

Zionism was a concoction of Viennese coffee houses, Tolstoy’s idealization of labor, early ecological sentiment in the form of the wandervogel that influenced Zionism but various Fascistic movements as well, militarism, and varieties of socialism, including Bolshevism. Jews sought to go to Palestine not because of the "Holocaust" but also the changes in American immigration laws in the first half of the 1920s. Without the vast sums the Diaspora provided, Zionism would never have come to fruition. Every nation has its distinctive personality reflecting its traditions, pretensions, and history’s caprices, and in this regard Israel is no different. It exists, but it is becoming increasingly dangerous to world peace – and to itself.

Zionism always had a military ethos, imposed only in part by Arab hostility, and from the inception of Zionism’s history its political and military leaders were one and the same....The logic of force merged with an essentially Western, colonialist bias. Its founders were Europeans, and it was an outpost of European culture (sic) until the globalization of values and products made these cultural distinctions increasingly irrelevant. It always has been a militarist society...notwithstanding the Cold War and the increasing flow of arms from the US, which meant it won all its post-1947 wars until last summer, it still retains a strong element of hysteria about the world it faces. And it is often messianic – especially its politicians – because messianism is very much influential among a growing portion of the religious and traditional population.

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