The brilliant ‘n bold Tony Judt has again put it all together. In the latest London Review of Books, he demonstrates how the liberal intelligentsia have provided crucial support and cover for Bush’s misadventures in Iraq and the “war on terror.”
Judt traces the malady in part to its obvious source, a liberal “blind spot” about Israel.
Apart from Judt’s intellectual leadership, the piece seems to me remarkable on two points. First, it lists New Yorker editor David Remnick in the ranks of those Judt calls “useful idiots.” Which is very gutsy for a writer to do. Second, he describes all of Israel’s wars with the exception of the Yom Kippur war as wars “of choice.” ’67? That, too. Even gutsier.