Parallel Narratives - sh - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Lincoln
    • 14.04.10 | 00:11 (IDT)

    "The lying is not in the parallel narratives - the narrators really believe what they are saying - but in the activities around them. And there, every country in the world has the same problem.)" - sh The verb lie can mean to make an untre statement with intent to decieve, or to creat a false or misleading impression. I concur that the parallel naratives are believed by the repective proponents. There is, however, an intent to create a misleading impression. This is rooted in self-deception. "Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know." - Eric Hoffer In each case the true believer lies to themselves by rejecting any knowledge which complicates or negates their belief system. Mr. Burston may have been excessive in using the term 'lie', or it may have been necessary because at the root of both sides in this dispute is a great deal of self-deception for the effect of creating a narative which is quite different than the much more complex reality

    from the article: How to tell when a Mideast Expert is lying
    First published 15:28 12.04.10 | Last updated 22:10 13.04.10
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