I think President Obama could be setting a bad precedent with his statement last week that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders, and return lands taken in the Six Day War in 1967 to Palestinian control. Those lands include the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, and Sinai Peninsula.
“We believe the borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states," Obama said in a speech last week.
Some people see this as further proof that the President’s Mideast policy is taking us away from long established American positions, and of course, the GOP is jumping all over the issue. Then again, if any Democrat found a cure for cancer, the Republicans would decry it as a scheme to put millions of doctors out of business. On the other hand, if a Republican found a way to provide free gas to every American for life, the Democrats would know it was all part of a plot to stick it to the little guy and make big businessmen richer. Sure, the fuel is free, but now everybody will drive more, and those rich guys will make a fortune building more roads!
I don’t listen to all of that political claptrap, because nobody in office ever cares about me and you anyway. They’re too busy feathering their own nests. And to be honest, I really don’t care all that much about Israel, Palestine, or anyplace else in the Mideast, except for the fact that American lives are being squandered over there, in an endless series of wars. People in that giant sandbox have been killing each other since the beginning of mankind, and they’ll continue to do so long after you and I have turned back to dust.
No, what I am afraid of is the precedent that Obama may be setting. How long will it be before the various Indian tribes demand that we pull our borders back to the days before we stole their land from them? Where will we end up? East of the Mississippi River? East of the Alleghany Mountains? Back on the beach where the Mayflower landed?
Assuming that the Indians realize they have a good thing going, and want to keep us here so we can continue going to their casinos, will England demand that we return land that was controlled by the Crown in pre-Revolutionary days? Scary, isn’t it?
Worse yet, will one of my ex-wives demand we go back to pre-divorce days, and make Miss Terry give me back? No… I’m pretty sure we’re okay on that one. But I still don’t like the idea.
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