A Cultural Moment
September 18, 2008
Interesting, isn’t it, how the thirtieth anniversary of some crappy sci-fi TV show gets more attention than the thirtieth anniversary of the Camp David Accords? The accords did, after all, set the stage for an end to the single biggest threat on Israel’s southwestern border, break the united Arab front and establish that it was, in fact, possible for Arabs and Israelis to reach a successful negotiation.
The little rumpus-room warriors of wingerdom love to slag Jimmy Carter, but I can’t think of any U.S. president coming after him who managed to score a similar advance. The fact is, the much-abused man from Georgia has done more for Israel than any number of neocon blowhards with their schemes for remaking the Middle East.
(And yes, I too was watching the premiere of Battlestar Galactica when it was interrupted for the announcement of the accords. It was in the Quad Three lounge of Livingston College, if you must know, and it was the most memorale thing about the show.)