I think this might be our fault. - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • liv
    • 20.06.10 | 08:38 (IDT)

    "Our" as in the USA, I mean. Israel is obviously modelled hugely off of the country and that has brought it much prosperity. But on the other end is the frontier mentality, the genuine belief that behind every corner lurks a threat, the need to keep killing and destroying until everything strange and foreign is gone. Israel, with its enormously strong economy, nuclear weapons, and US-backed army, has convinced itself that teenagers throwing rocks, "missiles" from Hamas with an accuracy rate below 0.005%, and the very presence of Palestinians themselves somehow poses a dire threat to the existence of the country. It's very similar to the "Old West" mentality, where Americans cheered on as cowboys--with their guns and gold--slaughtered every Native American carrying a bow and arrow they could find. So that they could make the country safer for Good White Folk, of course. When you look at it from that perspective, and realize how Americanized Israel has become, it's pretty obvious how so many Israelis can convince themselves that nothing but as much blood as possible will lead to salvation. Like the American who is positive that the deaths of a million Iraqis has somehow avenged the deaths on 9/11, the Israeli who applauds the deaths of thousands of Palestinians is suffering from severe delusions.

    from the article: The patriot
    First published 01:45 20.06.10 | Last updated 01:45 20.06.10
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