Sunday, September 22, 2002

Andrew Sullivan yesterday on German opposition to a war against Iraq and how—apparently to Chancellor Schroder's embarrassment, right-wing Germans are applauding his opposition. Writes Sullivan: "Recall that the head of Germany's intelligence told the New Yorker earlier this year that he believed Saddam was on the brink of nuclear capacity. Look forward to arguments saying that allowing the nuclear devastation of Israel is not anti-Semitic, just anti-Zionist."

This is a creepy, if not surprising sentiment. Remember Mark Bowden's article in the May issue of the Atlantic: Tales of the Tyrant? One wonders whether one reason, deep down, the Europeans don't want to defeat Iraq, is that if Saddam does use a nuclear weapon against Israel, then many Germans and other anti-Semitic Europeans will at last be able to say there was something worse than the Holocaust—and Europeans weren't responsible for it....

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