False analogies cause false conclusions! - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Gilad (a Londoner)
    • 13.06.10 | 10:00 (IDT)

    The writer starts off from a premise of comparing Israel with the Nazis. However, it would be much more accurate to say that had the world stopped Nazis from arming, getting the raw materials for their war machine, that many more people would be alive today. Had the world imposed a successful blockade and limited German fuel imports, german explosive material, much of WWII would never have happened. The analogy the writer uses is completely wrong. The reality is that Jews never launched 10,000 missiles on their German brothers, Polish brothers, Italian brothers or even French brothers (depending where the Jews lived initially during the rise of the Nazis). They were willing lamb who put up with one dehumanizing move after another. Gaza on the other hand has become a world source of weapons fire. I don't think a single place in the world in the past 2 years has launched so many missiles and rockets, crude or not. When Israel left Gaza in 2005, there was no blockade, no 'diet' as he states (misrepresenting the original statements intent). It could have become the next Singapour or Hong Kong, instead it became the next Cuban missile crisis. The writer should reflect long and hard on what a better world we would have today had there been a very powerful block on Germany during the years leading to world war II. That is the real comparison, not the one comparing innocent submissive Jews who wanted to fit in with an area involved in more violent attacks against Israel than most areas in the past few years. If you start off with the wrong premise, the wrong comparison, you are bound to end up with the wrong conclusions. I urge the writer to reflect deeply rather than repeat populist slogans without true substance.

    from the article: Israel’s Greatest Loss: Its Moral Imagination
    First published 14:02 11.06.10 | Last updated 14:02 11.06.10
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