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Sunday, December 11, 2011

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Sometimes one is reminded unpleasantly, as in this case, just how wide the gulf between statism* and humanism.


*I would use the word nationalism, but that word is also commonly used to describe forms of anti-imperialism which do not necessarily hold that citizenship defines one's worth, so yeah.

This reminds me of something I wrote a few years ago:

In a little park south of my apartment, next to a playground, there's a large (~10m long) world map inscribed in an oval piece of concrete, with different colored nations fitting together like puzzle pieces. There were some geographic anomalies — a catastrophic flood had apparently wiped out part of Italy and made Switzerland a coastal country — but mainly I thought about how wrong it is that these kinds of maps are used on children. Physical maps are by comparison almost never shown in primary school. Nations appear always as bright solid building blocks, and not as what they really are, infinitely thin lines in the sand dividing desert from desert, forest from forest, child from child.

Beautifully said.

"This land is mine, G_d gave this land to me" - A hit song, sung by Pat Boone, the theme from the movie Exodus

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
Voltaire

"It ain't ignorance causes so much trouble; it's folks knowing so much that ain't so."
Josh Billings

I just read that article about the Peruvian converts. Oy vey. Nothing like the zeal of the converted, eh? It's noted that these converts came from the lower stratas of society. And now only months later they view themselves as superior to the Arabs & Palestinians (that don't exist) and will happily kill them because of their inferiority.

People will lord it over when they get the chance, eh?

Shlomo Sand has relevance, again. Most of the world's Jews, if he is right, are the descendants of converts, putting to bed the notion that "Jew" is an organic, self-organized nationality in opposition to a fake-people, "Palestinians."

"The Arab has the instinct of murder and killing like all gentiles, and only Jews do not have that instinct - that is a genetic fact."

But if you were not born a Jew genetically, don't you have that instinct? "Maybe it was there, but it makes no difference because now we are all Jews."

As many times as I've seen that article I've somehow missed that jewel. It certainly makes a perfect bookend with this: "When 2.5 million people live in a closed-off Gaza, it's going to be a human catastrophe. Those people will become even bigger animals than they are today, with the aid of an insane fundamentalist Islam. The pressure at the border will be awful. It's going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day."

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