Monday, April 13, 2009

Come Monday...Marcus Wilder's Israel & Palestine

If you are looking for something short and sweet to read, the latest edition of [Marcus Wilder’s Naïve & Abroad] series is just what you are looking for. For in [Israel & Palestine, Obvious Questions No One Asks], he takes brevity very seriously.

To be honest, I wish he had of went into much greater detail about some subjects. A good example of this is in regards to the question about whether or not Israel is a nuclear power. For the only thing that he said was simply: Yes.

As in regards to the sweet part, I suppose that it all depends upon which side you are on. For the book is clearly pro-Israel.

This is not to say that it is anti-Palestine, however. A good example of this is: Palestinians could have their own sovereign nation within weeks by calling a constitutional convention…writing a governing document…declaring a nation. There is precedent. Every nation in the world would recognize Palestinian sovereignty. Aid and investment would flood in from everywhere, including from Israel. Palestinian prosperity would be assured.

Getting back to the short part, I cannot really blame him for not wanting to add anymore fuel to the fire when dealing with such a controversial topic. For he has been catching enough flack for what he said in his last book about Mexico.

In fact, I was somewhat critical of some of his conclusions in a [follow-up review] of his [Mexico, Painted Mask], and this should tell you something about Israel & Palestine, Obvious Questions No One Asks. For I find nothing about it that should not be quite acceptable to everyone but those dedicated to the absolute destruction of Israel.

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