How to learn from reality (Alberto Cohen #110) - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Tosefta
    • 05.05.07 | 17:07 (IDT)

    "Israel is the master of the border and of Gaza. That is why the Swiss government also believes Gaza is still occupied." - Tosefta "You keep bringing Swiss Government quotes as if it they are the Almighty true owner." - Alberto Let me try to generalize from the Swiss example. But first I want to take some credit. Months before the Swiss came up with their own opinion on the Gaza Occupation, I was claiming here that Gaza was still legally occcupied. This was based on analogy and legal analysis. Indeed, the Ghetto situation was my analogy. And to this day, I first bring reasons, then I mention the Swiss. The Swiss works on some people, and rightly so. Now to the generalization. Suppose you have a view (such as on Gaza) and then you hear an opposite view, such as the Swiss'. You should ask yourself: Was this statement casual? After all, a government has good lawyers at its disposal, it usually consults with them on legal matters. The Swiss statement was probably approved by lawyers because no government wants to make a statement which would be laughable in the eyes of knowledgeable people. Once you reach such a conclusion, better look into the legal considerations. You might at best conclude that the issue is controversial and there are reasons for other views too, but you would have learned something. Instead, you give reasons that are not entirely relevant. Suppose a lawyer is an embezzler (so it is claimed) but still practicing law. Would he give bad legal opinions publicly or would he like to preserve his remaining respectability? Keep thinking, Alberto. It will do you good.

    from the article: Ignoring the chaos
    First published 00:00 04.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 04.05.07
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