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    • kunta
    • 21.04.11 | 10:17 (IDT)

    Why is it that only the Jews are not allowed to base their opinions on historical wrongs? The English wronged us during the Mandate, and they killed us and they were enemies. There is no particular reason to treat them as long-lost friends. The same with the Germans, the Russians, etc.. We don't have to like everyone. If you said something like "Britain is seen unfavorable in Iran due to their role in supporting the Shah" people would think about it and say 'oh, that makes sense', but if Israelis say 'Britain is not a friend because they tortured and killed Jews. Germany is not a friend because they slaughtered millions.', somehow that is less acceptable? Begin had a long memory. He identified with our people back in Roman times, in Europe, in Poland, and everywhere else that we were. He internalized who were our friends and who were our enemies. And you know what? This is normal. This is how our people should see the world - as a sum-total of our historical background. We are not righteous. We are not a light upon the nations. We are just a people living among enemies. Let us act accordingly.

    from the article: 'Begin aided Argentina during Falklands War to avenge the British'
    First published 09:36 21.04.11 | Last updated 09:36 21.04.11
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