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Israel Derangement.

June 5, 2010

THis is the post I have been trying to write for days. Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Dish apparently lives in my head, the original of the post reproduced here, is found here.

Israel Derangement Syndrome

04 Jun 2010 12:26 pm

To read Charles Krauthammer today is to enter a twilight zone of an alternate reality. A country permanently occupying and colonizing a neighboring region, and treating its original inhabitants as dangerous interlopers, is the victim. An elite commando unit attacking a ship carrying toys and wheelchairs in the hours before dawn are those we should feel pity for. A country with 150 nuclear warheads and the strongest military in its region, the victor in every conventional war it has always fought, is somehow also always fighting for its very existence. A country backed by the sole superpower, supplied with aid by huge majorities in the US Congress, is facing extinction. Self-defense requires not civilly disabling and inspecting the cargo of an unarmed ship but raiding it at dawn and killing nine and injuring dozens. Basic human revulsion at a military that can kill over a thousand people – including scores of women and children in a trapped, impoverished enclave – can only be a function of anti-Semitism. A territory that is being systematically populated with Israelis in illegal settlements in contravention of the Geneva Conventions is merely a “buffer zone”. You need to colonize buffer zones?

Invasion and occupation of neighboring countries is “forward defense”. And asking that a two-state solution be moved forward by freezing illegal settlement construction and allowing a blockade that, while interdicting arms, doesn’t seek to kill civilians and restrict the import of basic necessities is to deprive a country with 150 nuclear warheads of any legitimate form of self-defense.

This is a form of derangement, or of such a passionate commitment to a foreign country that any and all normal moral rules or even basic fairness are jettisoned. And you will notice one thing as well: no regret whatsoever for the loss of human life, just as the hideous murder of so many civilians in the Gaza war had to be the responsibility of the victims, not the attackers. There is no sense of the human here; just the tribe.

Something has been wrong here for a very long time, and now it is inescapable. Until the discourse is rescued from the victims of Israel Derangement Syndrome, Israel and America will slowly be drawn into wars they cannot ultimately win, lose every other ally they ever had, and embolden and fortify the very Islamist forces we are seeking to defuse and defeat.

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7 comments

  1. Yes. Absolutely. I agree with you on every point. When is the world going to wake up to this outrage?


  2. Lol, although we are in agreement- this isn’t my post! Would love to take credit, but can’t.


  3. I’m sorry, I’m not Jewish or Israeli for that matter but I do support the country, they have had centuries of being persecuted, even my country has commited atrocities against them, the city of York slaughtered 100’s during the 10th century, they deserve peace in their own land, they are surrounded by enemies, is it any wonder they react so strongly against the slightest provocation


    • The facts remain. Israel is the second most aggressive nation on earth, they have 189 UN Resolutions against them for aggressive foreign policy- not one of which they have adhered to. THe blockade of Gaza has been condemned worldwide, and is unfolding to a humanitarian tragedy-one which is absolutely avoidable.
      A history of persecution does not warrant the appalling nature of Israels actions in the past few years, and my family(who ARE jewish) love the state of Israel, but even they can see that this is unnacceptable. They have nuclear weapons, yet refuse to sign a non proliferation treaty- in the meantime the rest of the arab world watches, as we tear countries apart for much less.
      You say they deserve peace in their own land- it is they who are the aggressors and persecution is not an excuse.
      This is not about Israels right to exist- although it was not created on a vacant plot of land- their actions since are creating a situation-where the whole world sees that international law, and the standards do not apply to them. Even their staunchest allies are having to change their tone- because of the nature of their actions.

      Sorry it took me so long to reply- bad day yesterday.


  4. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Martin Deane, Lisa. Lisa said: https://deeplyflawedbuttrying.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/israel-derangement/ Reproduced someones blog post-cos wish I wrote it. […]


  5. If the Royal Navy boarded a ship in the Caribbean which was heading towards the UK, and the passengers on board started to attack them as they boarded, what do you think they would do? Give them a cuddle – or shoot at them?

    Have a think about it luv.


    • Luv? You really don’t like being shown up as a moron by women better educated and qualified than you do you? Is it an insult to your masculinity? Did you bother to read the Stern report, or are you sticking to the Daily Mail as source of info?
      If I were you I would google and find the entire footage rather than the 40 seconds you have seen. Stun guns and live bullets fired long before anyone reacted. Stalking the blog cos I won’t give you the time of day? Nice. Luv.



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