The aggressively photogenic John Edwards was cruising along, detailing his litany of liberal causes last week until, during question time, he invoked the "I" word -- Israel. Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities. As a chill descended on the gathering, the Edwards event was brought to a polite close.
Now this is just an astounding trail of logic. The Iranians have been saying for months that Israel was going to be destroyed; they are going all-out to become a nuclear power and it's the Israelis that are the greatest threat to world peace ? I suppose the Israelis should just sit there quietly and let the Iranians build their bombs and destroy Israel. Then the Israelis would be safely dead, and thus no threat to world peace. By Senator Edwards's logic, Britain and France threatened world peace when they promised to ally with Poland if Hitler invaded it.