'Bombs for Peace'
At the risk of being accused of a Zizek-like tendency to read any and all current political phenomena through the prism of Stalinism, reading recent apologias for barbarism by Aaronovitch et al and the appalling Standard headline mentioned by IT, one can't help but find a parallel. Namely, with the way a section of the Left, through the purges, the show trials, the Nazi Soviet pact, the Eastern bloc coups, persisted in seeing the USSR as the workers' state that had bravely resisted foreign intervention in 1919, as the torch bearer of socialism, as the good guys. Similarly, for many commentators it's permanently 1947- instead of being by far the most bloated military power in the region, Israel is a plucky little guerilla state fighting for its very existence. Which begs the question- what will be Israel's Budapest 1956, the moment where they can't be publicly excused without it seeming utterly absurd?