vendredi 23 janvier 2009

Против нацизма или против Германии

Читая биографию адмирала Канариса, главы немецкого Абвера, я вдруг понял одну простую вещь. Союзники боролись в Европе не столько против нацизма, сколько против Германии. Англии и Соединенным Штатам угрожала сильная и уверенная в себе Германия, будь то нацистская, будь то демократическая. Германия была опасной соперницей, с ней надо было справиться. Гитлера долго считали не так уж серьезной угрозой, в каком то смысле он был даже полезен, был ненавистной фигурой и скверным полководцем. Если бы союзники хотели избавиться от него, они поддерживали бы Канариса и его единомышленников. Ничего подобного не было, в самом деле англичане его предали, когда вместо того чтобы поддержать отлично выработанный Канарисом и его единомышленниками план переворота, Чемберлен позвонил Гитлеру, чтобы с ним встретиться. Один из американских высших чинов даже сказал, что они не хотят иметь дело ни с какими прусскими генералами. У союзников была ясная политика: никакого сотрудничества с оппозицией в Германии, никакой поддержки заговорщикам. Как будто боялись, что если в Германии придут к власти умеренные, цивилизованные политики, будет не так удобно продолжать войну против нее, войну до полного уничтожения страны. Хочется спросить, не так ли были дела и с борьбой Запада, 'свободного мира' против коммунизма. И тут Запад скорее всего хотел не допустить того, чтобы Советский Союз, Россия стала действительно великой державой. Как во ворой мировой войне, так и в холодной войне Запад добился своей цели. А нацизм и коммунизм служили отличными отличителжными признаками врага, отличным предлогом мобилизации вооруженных и невооруженных сил против него.

mercredi 21 janvier 2009

Writing history

Politics is writing history, politicians are like novelists. But novelists who are not free to write what they would like. They have to continue writing a text other people have written before them, where the personae, the main plot, the style are already given and not too much can be changed. In addition to these restrictions, there are the readers, the audience, the electorate who is following your every word and loudly expressing their likes, dislikes and wishes you must take into account. Which writer would like to be a writer in such conditions?!

lundi 12 janvier 2009

Campaign against Israeli war or against the Jews?

Reading about the anti-semitic acts of terror and vandalism in Europe and America I wonder what do the perpetrators of these acts really want to achieve. Perhaps they don't think too much, just acting, motivated only by hatred. Hatred against the Jews, not just against Israel or Israeli military actions, its occupation of the West Bank or punitive expedition in Gaza. And I cannot but think that the anti-Israeli activists are sometimes simply stupid. If some islamic states or movements want to get rid of the state of Israel as a Jewish state, they shouldn't harass the Jews elsewhere. Quite the opposite: they should try to make it clear that they are not fighting against the Jews, but against Zionism, againsт migration of Jews into what is now Israel and what they call оccupied Palestine. The leaders of Iran shouldn't arm their proxies in Lebanon and Gaza, instead, they should use their money to pay a premium to every Jew who leaves Israel. The Gulf sheikhs who build hockey stadiums and superlux hotels could well pay every Jew willing to emigrate from Israel a decent sum of money enabling him/her to find a new home and begin a new life elsewhere. After all, it was the European anti-semitism that gave rise to Zionism and created the Eretz Israel. Then too, instead of keeping their Jews, giving them some incentives to stay where they lived, the Arab governments in fact banished them, force them to leave for Israel. And if the local Muslims and their non-Muslim henchmen turn to anti-semitism, it will motivate the European and American Jews to move there or support Israel. The Jews go to Israel because they feel safer there. If the opponents of Israel could convince them that they are even safer in Europe, there would be less Jews leaving Europe for Israel and less unconditional support for Israel among the aliyah Jews. So far the opponents of Israel have done just the opposite, making us to ask if they are sincere enough to tell the truth about their motives and if they are intelligent enough to understand what are their real interests and the ways of defending them. Their actions and their rhetoric are unbelievably counter-productive. Once, a Tunesian intellectual, a devote Muslim told me that if the leaders of the Arab states had been less idiots, there would now be peace in the Near East. He meant the time when the Jewish state was born and fought for its survival. I suspect that nowadays the leaders of the Arab states are more intelligent, but the islamist activists and the Arab street hasn't learnt anything. Or sometimes probably the activists are just exploiting the Palestine issue in their own interest. I am sure that even the fiercely anti-Israeli Iranian leaders don't really wish to abolish Israel, all these people would then have to invent another enemy, another Israel.