18 Jan 2013
A little over twelve years ago, in June 2000, the Irish intellectual and statesman Conor Cruise O'Brien, author of 'The Siege', was interviewed by the 'Middle East Quarterly'.
There are a couple of passages in that interview that make the hair lift on the back of the neck when one revisits them, today.
He stated, 'It's probably true that if, God forbid, relations between the United States and Israel should break down, and Israel no longer had any backing from Washington, all the Arab [that is, the Arab Muslim - CM] states would join in a combination against Israel.
'Fortunately, that hypothesis is quite remote'.
He emphasised that "the Arab world has never accepted the legitimacy of the existence of israel and is not likely to do so."
The Muslim world has never accepted the existence of the Jewish state of Israel and is not likely to do so. - CM
And a bit later on in the interview, MEQ asked:
'Is there a Muslim-Jewish dimension to this problem?'
O'Brien: "Rooted in the political and linguistic realities of the region, Muslims and Jews are not about to be reconciled. The Arab propaganda against Israel is brutally anti-Judaic.
He knew that in 2000. If he could know that, then why on earth were so few others willing to know it, and to tell it like it was? - CM
"It includes justifying the Holocaust and circulating again the Protocols of the Elders of Zion - and believing in this admitted forgery".
MEQ - "How much does Israel depend on the United States?
O'Brien, "Very much. It exists in a kind of symbiosis with the United States.
'That is one of the reasons why it is not being attacked by Arab neighbours who very much dislike its existence.
"So if that relationship should break down, which is very unlikely, there would again be a serious, terrible threat to the existence of the State of Israel.
"That's a theoretical catastrophic possibility; it doesn't appear to be in any sense imminent". END QUOTES
It is a mark of the man's acuity that he could at least imagine that possibility, and the danger.
Today, a bare twelve years after that interview was published, I doubt anyone would see it as theoretical. The ummah or mohammedan mob seems perilously close to achieving one of its interim aims; the splitting of Israel from the USA, or more correctly, the USA from Israel. And the aim is ultimately to destroy both: the world's largest majority-Christian state, and the world's one and only Jewish state.