U.S. tied too closely to Israel

Too close to Israel

Joshua Stein

Letters | The Calgary Herald | September 15, 2001

I used to live two blocks from the World Trade Center, and saw this tragedy coming years ago. Each year that passed, I was thankful and amazed it hadn’t happened yet.

Here’s why: The U.S. should never have tied itself so closely to Israel. As in European countries, U.S. media and politicians should have condemned Israel’s antagonism and unreasonable attitude toward Palestinian concerns.

Reaction to the Jewish Holocaust has created a blind spot. This blind spot has led American astray into foreign political attitudes that are opposite to the very ideals the U.S. was built on.

The best of modern American is about co-existence. It’s about moderation and tolerance.