Monday, February 26, 2007

Who are the real criminals?

This thought was probably prompted rather more by the appalling standards of driving in my part of the world - and perhaps the recent letter-bomb campaign - than any immediate political events.

But wherever it came from, it occurred to me that the apologists for Israel, and in particular those who take the line "why do you always pick on Israel when there's worse régimes in the world", are rather like those drivers who having driven at excessive speed, dangerously close to other vehicles, endangering the lives of everybody on the road, are finally flagged down by the police.

At which point, rather than accept the fact of their reckless behaviour and the consequences it entails, they wind down the window as the officer approaches and say:

"Shouldn't you be out catching real criminals?"