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The Madness of Glenn Reynolds

By Matthew Yglesias  

"The Madness of Glenn Reynolds"

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What an odd thing to say:

“SMART DIPLOMACY:” Report: Obama blocks delivery of bunker-busters to Israel. If I were the Israelis, not only would I bomb Iran, but I’d do so in such a way as to create as much trouble for China, Russia, Europe and the United States as possible. Are the Israelis less obnoxious than me? I guess we’ll find out soon enough . . . .

Fortunately for the world, Bibi Netanyahu is not and has never been nearly as stupid as his friends on the American right (see, e.g., Netanyahu’s rejection of Doug Feith’s insane “Clean Break” strategic proposal in the nineties). That said, what on earth has happened to Glenn Reynolds? He thinks the Netanyahu government out to act so as to cause Maximum suffering among the the 1.8 billion or so inhabitants of China, the European Union, the United States, and Russia? It’d be one thing if Reynolds were merely saying he’s more interested in the fate of Israel than in the fate of his own country. But that’s actually not what he’s saying. Instead, he’s so driven mad by the unwillingness of the leaders of key nations to embrace his blood-drenched vision of global politics that he’s moved completely beyond the idea of using Israel as an instrument for his fantasies of Muslim-killing and instead wants it to be an instrument for a broader agenda of massive worldwide suffering.

Meanwhile, there continues to be an enormous amount of fuzzy thinking going on about Russia’s stake in this. Russia would, along with other out-of-area oil exporters like Venezuela and Norway, be the major beneficiary of a military conflict in the Persian Gulf. Disruption to Iranian and possibly Iraqi, Kuwaiti, and Saudi exports would lead to spiking revenue for Russia.

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