Or like watching a train crash and being powerless to stop it. Or perhaps like this image from Dry Bones:
Yaakov "Bones" Kirschen writes: "Caution! Danger ahead at Annapolis! Events are unfolding like a movie scene of a horrendous crash, shown in slow motion! How do we stop this farce? We probably can't? So get ready. We're about to go over the falls."
Perhaps the lesson here is that for Israel, for the United States, for the Jewish people, for all people everywhere, the idea that we control our fate and can influence history is an illusion. [See Tolstoy's essay on history at the conclusion of War And Peace, and Isaiah Berlin's commentary on Tolstoy's view of history in the essay that inspired this blog, "The Hedgehog and the Fox."] The same goes, and all the more so, for reliance on President George W. Bush (may he live and be well) or, in the words of the Psalmist, on horses and chariots. As the Chassidic saying goes, "Ein lanu al mi lismoach eleh HaKadosh Boruch Hu levad." "We have no one on whom to rely except the Holy One, blessed be He, alone."