Two weeks ago I had lunch at a local kosher sushi shop with Professor Richard Landes. We discussed, at length, various strategies for shoring up support for Israel, and at the same time, exposing the lies and hate that animate the Arab Muslim world. Richard and I have long agreed that Israel and her allies too often play defense. The time has come for a vigorous offense against the enemies of Israel and, by implication, Judeo-Christian values.
Richard is a medieval historian, a fine blogger, and the man who, more than anybody else, has analyzed the Al-Durah hoax revealing it as the most significant weapon of propaganda used against the Jewish State since the advent of the blood libel. Because Richard is so attuned to the medieval mind he’s able to identify the heart of darkness that lies at the center of the contemporary Arab Muslim world.
On August 6, the Wall Street Journal published Richard’s editorial, a defense of Mitt Romney’s analysis of culture, free enterprise and a carefully argued critique of Arab Muslim culture.
Mitt Romney caused a firestorm last week in Jerusalem by commenting on the cultural dimensions of Israeli economic growth. Palestinian spokesman Saeb Erekat, correctly seeing an implied criticism of Palestinian culture, called Mr. Romney a “racist” and complained that Palestinian economic woes are really caused by the Israeli occupation. Analysts said Mr. Erekat’s reaction was a sign that Mr. Romney has disqualified himself as a broker for peace. The episode reveals as much about the dynamics of the Middle East conflict as about presidential politics.