"That intelligent and moral people, whether German or Israeli, can convince themselves of such absurdities (a disease that also afflicts much of the Arab world) is the enigma that goes to the heart of the mystery of how even the most civilized societies can so quickly shed their most cherished values and regress to the most primitive impulses toward the Other, without even being aware they have done so." It is power and fear in my opinion that drives people to these actions. Like the experiment with the wardens and prisoners, what would be considered inhumane in other circumstances (where the parties are on equal terms), we fall into the accepted roles of tormentor and victim. In this crucible of existence, I hope that we humans can collectively evolve beyond this.
Israeli PM to Palestinian President Abbas: We must fight terror together (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel’s Greatest Loss: Its Moral Imagination