Yeah, well, as long as the oil’s there the nation of Israel will serve as a depot for U.S. arms and purveyor for our military policy. That it contains various sites of Biblical importance is pertinent to many Westerners. Certainly the Holocaust factor will eventually dwindle in sympathetic consideration for other countries.
What will be of interest to historians is how long Israel survives after its usefulness to all those factions ceases. I know it’s extremely offensive to mention, but I’ve often thought we should plan now as to which of our states we should evacuate the Israelis when the outpost experiment is over.
Spiritual entropy bogs down societies unless practical considerations transform them into something different. Not necessarily something better. As you get older, you realize you’ll soon be out of history and certain things follow a perverse pattern. (Read Matthew Arnold’s “The Future.”)
The basic style of Oliphant cartoons seem a mix of Dore engravings and Daumier caricatures. He’s a true artist, and would that he were appreciated more in his other artistic forms. Sometimes I wish he didn’t have to constantly portray current political jokers and would concentrate instead on society’s diverse common characters. Maybe after he retires.