And far more dangerous, in a world of nukes and fanatical terrorists.
Presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney told an audience of supporters here Sunday that the United States has a "solemn duty and a moral imperative" to do whatever necessary to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons that could threaten the existence of Israel, a vital American ally.
Romney focused on the specter of a nuclear-capable Iran and pledged the U.S. would never forget past horrors or turn its back on Israel.
"When Iran’s leaders deny the Holocaust or speak of wiping this nation off the map, only the naïve – or worse – will dismiss it as an excess of rhetoric. Make no mistake: The ayatollahs in Tehran are testing our moral defenses," Romney said. "They want to know who will object, and who will look the other way. My message to the people of Israel and the leaders of Iran is one and the same: We will not look away, and nor will my country ever look away from our passion and commitment to Israel."
64 years after the proclamation of the State of Israel the surrounding peoples have not accepted its legitimacy.
And far from there being signs of diminishing hostility there are signs of increased danger, mostly from the Arab Spring.
The most sensible thing would be for the US to gradually slacken its commitments - military, diplomatic, and financial - to Israel until it became clear to everyone we are no longer holding their coats.
If you seriously believe the Holocaust entitles Israel to some sort of special protection from some Western country I suggest you take it up with Germany.
But our two major candidates are who and what they are, and of them the most sane and least likely to get us into another horrific war in the Middle East is Barack Obama.
And I don’t think Romney is doing it for the votes.