Tuesday, November 14, 2023

A Marshall Plan?

George C. Marshall

Dresden was notoriously fire-bombed in l945. It’s the first referent that comes to mind when you see pictures of Gaza. There has been much talk about the creation of a new order when and if the war ever ends. The Israelis don’t really want the responsibility for such a venture. The P.L.O. has been mentioned, but their feckless leadership has had a bad track record on the West Bank. Beyond bad, to the extent they lack a constituency. What to do? It’s absurd and even horrible to take the view of Dr Pangloss that “all’s for the best in the best of all possible worlds” in the face of all horrors both the Israelis and Palestinians have endured. However, what about the Marshall Plan which installed solid democratic institutions, along with prosperity? Will a Two State Solution rise like the Phoenix over the ashes? It seems Quixotic to entertain such thoughts but isn’t it better to chase windmills than missiles?

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