The political value of an enemy

Hamas: Obama’s call to ease Gaza blockade “meaningless”.

It’s stories like this that reinforce my belief that it wouldn’t matter if the United States suddenly became the most outspoken supporter of pro-jihad causes in the Middle East.  It won’t matter if we send their governments boatloads of aid.  They need us more as an enemy than they need our friendship and our money.  We are the philosophical construct on which the dubious power of these anti-Western governments is based.  If they don’t have reason to hate us, they lose power, so they will manufacture reasons to hate us.  I’m not sure if the appropriate response to that is to throw up our hands and stop worrying about them hating us (and stop trying to avoid giving them reasons to hate us) or to kill them with kindness.

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