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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Israel's Internal Paradox

One of the paradoxes of long-term violence is the fact that a long-term antagonist group tends to breed its own enemies within itself:

...the King's Torah [was] written by two... settler rabbis. It attempts to justify killing non-Jews, including those not involved in violence, under certain circumstances.

The fifth chapter, entitled "Murder of non-Jews in a time of war" has been widely quoted in the Israeli media. The summary states that "you can kill those who are not supporting or encouraging murder in order to save the lives of Jews".

At one point it suggests that babies can justifiably be killed if it is clear they will grow up to pose a threat...
(emphasis mine)

What are the chances of those "babies" (!!??) if their judges are following the spirit and letter of this Law?
Recalling questions asked of General Dyer after he massacred people at Amritsar, how does a baby apply for non-combatant status or demonstrate their pacifist intent?

The sleep of reason breeds monsters.

This whole process was clear to anyone of even minimum intelligence when this rage for settlement lebensraum began: it was not only clearly against all international agreements, but it was an obvious seed for rebellion... not to mention providing a possible entry into ethnic cleansing.
Yahweh does not now, nor did He ever, preserve mankind from their own iniquities. That was up to them.


Baysage said...

This is horrifying. And really, Yahweh went way out on a limb with us, didn't S/He? Wonder if there's been any second guessing, given our utter failure as moral beings.

Montag said...

What are you doing up at this hour?

I think we need to focus on constantly refurbishing our Ethical Tales instead of etching them into stone and praying to them.

Baysage said...

I'm often up at this hour. It is not at all uncommon for me to stay up all night. Which I just might do since I managed to wire my poor little Boston terrier up on decongestant with antihistamine and she won't even lie down. (But at least she's not stopped up any longer.)

Seriously. I pull all-nighters frequently. I require only about 4.5-5 hours sleep per night.

Montag said...

Wow! I arose at 2:00 to start my day... it is about an hour early, but I felt refreshed.

Do dogs get human rhinovirus, or are they susceptible to other types? Is she a "wire-haired" terrier, also?
I was not aware that dogs needed meds for the common cold.

I can fall asleep anywhere, anytime. A good many people approach the sleep period in a manner like they approach eating: there is a good deal of preparation and ritual and waiting for the right time (can't eat dinner just any old time!)...
Whether sleep or food, I just sort of grab it.