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1974 novel, hokum or visionary?

I recently stumbled across “The Texas-Israeli War: 1999,” pulp fiction by Jake Saunders and Howard Waldrop from back in 1974. The plot: following a global nuclear apocalypse, Israel is one of the only countries “virtually untouched in a world ravaged by war.”

Texas secedes from the U.S., so brave Israeli mercenaries fight alongside the union’s army in its war with Texas.

Notice the cover illustration, depicting an Israeli tank mowing down Native Americans on horseback!

Translation: the Indian Wars continue… in the West Bank of Palestine. GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum approves (as Saree Makdisi notes):

Santorum said it is no more realistic to expect Israel to give back the West Bank than it is to expect the US to give “Texas and Mexico back,” since they too were gained through war. That’s not a typo, not a verbal slip. Santorum refers to Mexico as part of the United States three separate times in the two-minute interview.

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Oh, the lows that Santorum dips into, always amazing to watch him (and the other dems and reps). Time to stop AIPAC and the christian zionists!

So how did the novel end??

Santorum said it is no more realistic to expect Israel to give back the West Bank than it is to expect the US to give “Texas and Mexico back,” since they too were gained through war. That’s not a typo, not a verbal slip. Santorum refers to Mexico as part of the United States three separate times in the two-minute interview. This is not surprising. The United States ‘acquired’ that land well before any international… Read more »

Santorum is a boy-man, an Eagle Scout totally ignorant and proud of it. As an American i am much embarrassed by him, and about all the GOP nominees for POTUS except Ron Paul. EU thought Shrub Jr was a stupid ignorant cowboy, imagine what they think of this ilk? Good thing the Russian winter and millions of Stalin’s conscripts won WW2 (albeit only with US economic industrial help, e.g., all those trucks), or we would… Read more »

The real reason Texas revolted against Mexico is that Mexico had prohibited slavery. By the way, looks like Santorum may end up the winner in the Iowa caucuses: Final Iowa results expected soon, may show Mitt Romney didn’t actually win. Actually, it was clear by Jan. 6, three days after the caucues, that Romney’s “win” in them was problematical: Vote Result From Disputed Precinct Deemed Official. So, all of the media’s spinning in recent weeks… Read more »