Debate over future of Middle East leads to provocative conclusions
Iran is on the verge of nuclear weapons capability. ISIS in Iraq, and Syria is gaining ground and terrorizing the West. Hamas and Hezbollah are fomenting hatred of Jews. And nations like Qatar and Saudi Arabia fund radical Islam even as they foster alliances with the United States.
This is the tumultuous Middle East.
“It’s been that way for thousands of years,” Bill Whittle said in PJTV’s new four-part discussion on the future of the region. “And, unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.”
Whittle moderated the panel, which featured Yaron Brook, a former Israeli intelligence officer who is now executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, and PJTV contributors Tammy Bruce and Andrew Klavan. They explored everything from the influence of radical Islam to the significance of refugees in the oil-rich nations of the Middle East.
The first episode focused on the existence of Israel as a nation and whether that is the region’s bane or its blessing.
Whittle described Israel as “a small outpost of Western civilization in the Middle East,” but he noted the country is constantly demonized when compared with enemies that have less firepower.
“Automatically the guy with the rock is the winner; the guy with the tank is the bad guy,” Whittle said.
That perception leads Israel to pursue counterproductive negotiations with barbaric groups like Hamas.
“Any time you compromise with evil, you lose. You can’t negotiate with people committed to killing you,” Brook said. “The only alternative is to destroy them.”
Bruce bemoaned the fact that U.S. policy effectively limits Israel’s response to attacks against it, and that in turn makes the war against radical Islam seem unwinnable.
“I think the World War II generation would scoff at that because you can [win],” she said. “But you have to be willing to wipe out the enemy.”
In the second episode, the panelists ominously pondered the future of Israel if Iran develops just one nuclear weapon. Klavan praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the United Nations last fall, which compared militant Islam with Nazi Germany.
“He drew a very true and excellent picture that sticks in the public’s mind,” Klavan said.
Written by Edward B. Driscoll Jr.
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