Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Only Flag in Palin's Office?

"The only flag at my office is an Israeli flag," Sarah Palin told Israeli President Shimon Perez, according to the (now-defunct) New York Sun. "I want you to know and I want Israelis to know that I am a friend."

Remember all the fuss about Barack Obama not wearing a flag pin? Seems a bit silly compared to the governor of an American state having a foreign flag in her office instead of an American flag. Even if Palin misspoke and she meant that the Israeli flag is the only foreign flag in her office, what is she doing with foreign flags in her office? And if she's going to start putting up foreign flags, is she seriously saying that Israel (a country she has never visited) is more important to Alaska than Canada, where she wants to build a giant natural gas pipeline? Or Russia, a country from which Palin claimed to receive trade missions, but apparently never did?

Maybe her support for Israel has something to do with her church's view that terrorist attacks against Israel are a good thing, because they are the beginning of the final battle between good and evil that will result in the slaughter of the Jews and the return of Jesus.

(Via Andrew Sullivan)


kerblam! said...

Or maybe she supports the only stable representative democracy in the Middle East. I love how you immediately jump to the conclusion she must be driven by radical religious beliefs. Tell me, are you one of those "libertarians" that thinks we're all being gouged by ZOG?

Mark said...

There are stable representative democracies around the world. Why put up the flag of only one of them?

I don't know that Sarah Palin's support for Israel is motivated by religious beliefs. But I do know that many of her fellow Republicans openly support Israel for explicitly religious reasons, including some pretty nutty apocalyptic fantasies.

Given the circumstantial evidence that I linked to in my post, it's not a stretch to guess that Palin is in that camp. Unfortunately, we probably won't know her true beliefs until she agrees to some more media interviews. Don't hold your breath.

As for "ZOG," I wasn't familiar with the term until I saw your comment and Googled it. So no, that hadn't crossed my mind.