Western Self-Interest and Israeli Self-Defense:
“If Israel is dissuaded from using the life force of their race to ward off the Egyptians until the Egyptians have learned to use the Russian weapons with which they have been supplied and the Egyptians then attack, it will become not only a matter of prudence hut a measure of honor to make sure that they are not the losers by waiting.”—Sir Winston Churchill
In the two months just past, the threat of Middle Eastern war has taken up fixed residence on the world’s front pages. All the wisdom of the world’s statesmen has made no measurable progress in allaying the crisis. In Washington, and to some extent still in London and Paris, policy remains muddled by the obsessive belief that Arab reasonableness can be obtained by gift, entreaty, and gentle admonition. In the United Nations, nobody is even looking for solutions any more; the best to be hoped for—if East and West can compromise their differences—is some wordy and complicated stratagem which will have the dubious advantage of “gaining time.” And in the Middle East itself the record shows a perilous decline of the Western position.
About the Author