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1.0 out of 5 stars Unhelpful, May 3, 2006
This review is from: The Pre-Emptive Empire: A Guide to Bush's Kingdom (Hardcover)
I don't trust Bush. And I do not trust American foreign policy. So it would be good to have a book that I could trust, even a little, to lead me in a good direction for thinking about foreign policy issues.

This one will not do.

On one issue, namely the Arab war against Israel, I know enough information to see that this book is no good. And if it flunks this test, I can't trust the book on anything else.

Landau claims that Arafat and his gang never planned to push the Jews into the Mediterranean sea. But those folks did (and still do) intend to outlaw human rights for Jews in the region. Landau calls Arab portions of the West Bank "Bantustan-like." But the truth is that Israel, whether it is a miniscule 8000 square miles or a somewhat larger 11,000 square miles looks like the Bantustan here! The Arabs have 5,500,000 square miles, the Arabs are allowed to live in Israel, and the Jews are not exactly welcome in Arab nations.

The author blames Arab aggression against Israel on the Israeli victims, and he even says, "Perhaps, I think, Israelis can save their souls and get peace in their land if they stop the war."

Perhaps. But I doubt it. I don't think they can get peace, no matter what they do. Peace will require the Arabs to call off their war (or somehow become unable to continue it). And I think that if Israelis take the Landau's advice and try to achieve peace through surrender, they will lose their, um, souls, lose their lives, lose their land, enable tyranny and destruction, and increase human misery.
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