It was harrowing to hear David Brooks of the NY Times ho-hum the bombing of schools and refugee camps on American national radio (NPR) last Friday. Ten years ago, he gave the thumbs up to an Iraqi War that would inevitably take a heavy civilian toll, with the human cost so obvious from the first moments of "Shock and Awe." Brooks and war-fever buddy Tom Friedman are opinion-makers who brought many traditional liberals to accept their gruesome idea of necessary violence.
David Brooks' tone in the interview was of weariness. He could not respond to the bloody scenes of families in terror, but only speak with approval of the lack of official anger expressed toward Israel by the likes of General Sisi of Egypt or the Saudi oil princes - who are strategically opposed to Hamas. This was all it took for David Brooks to look away from the Gaza children.
It is a dispiriting time. The center is not holding. "The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere/The ceremony of innocence is drowned/The best lack all conviction, while the worst/Are full of passionate intensity." Well, the IDF gunners may have intensity. Brooks is just bored.