The Ideology of Victimhood

by fp on June 14, 2010

in Middle east

Hamas and the Likudniks share a cloudy view of reality, a view obscured by the belief that they alone are victims in the struggle for dominance of Palestine and Israel. Bernard Weiner writes about the incendiary danger of unchecked power in today’s OpEd News. Weiner’s conclusion is pessimistic in the extreme, but the path he follows on the way to his Cassandra moment is well informed.

Some highlights:
  • “…millions of American Jews no longer blindly support Israeli policy — indeed, these American Jews tend to believe that for the sake of morality and fairness and Israel’s future, there needs to be a major shift in Israel’s Palestine policy. This shift includes actually altering policy to lead to a viable two-state solution….”
  • “Netanyahu is Bush in a yarmulke. He is so uncomfortable dealing with the complexities of real-life situations that he quickly resorts to his default black-and-white solution: military violence. Which, as was the case with Bush, makes him a reckless, dangerous leader, one with tunnel vision focusing mostly on short-term gain and to hell with history.”
  • “The real issue, of course, is Israel’s self-defeating Occupation and its refusal to accept the reality that Hamas won a democratic election to represent Palestinians in Gaza and that Israel needs to negotiate with it. On the other side, Hamas refuses to recognize the reality that Israel is not going to disappear from the scene no matter how much they wish it were so and that Hamas will have to negotiate with it.”

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Zo June 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

“He is so uncomfortable dealing with the complexities of real-life situations that he quickly resorts to his default black-and-white solution: military violence.” Hmm. Sounds like one of the Broken ones I’ve been known to write about. It’s a genuine disability … sad to say.

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