a reply to: Swills
I'm really not sure.
I wonder, is this site doomed from the beginning to apply the irrationality of conspiracy thinking to subjects like this? The israel-Palestinian
Lets find out!
Lets look at some of the crazy authoritarian governments of history and reflect on their actions. If you notice, there's a continuity: which makes
sense. Just as individuals "emerge' from the context of relationships to become the person they are, soldiers which commit crimes often emerge from
states who have vitriolic, racist and prejudiced laws.
Look at Nazi Germany and Russia. They were as evil as they were because their societies - their laws and institutions - had sanctioned a inhumane
worldview of other people.
To avoid getting caught up in 'he said, she said' perspectives, I simply analyze what I know about human behavior and how it develops and so I pay
great attention to the state apparatus - the "context" which molds the minds of the soldiers - and the claims made.
What I do not understand is how people label Israel an "apartheid state" - or far worse, a Nazi regime. None of their laws reflect any of this.
Their higher institutions are humanistic. Their constitution defends the rights of all - race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation: every year
there's a gay pride parade in Jerusalem - It seems hardly believable that a state as open and tolerant as this would produce people capable of the
claims people level against Israelis.
If you want to be empirical - therefore scientific about it - Israel would not try to kill civilians, on purpose, because they have absolutely nothing
to gain from it as a political action - and even more importantly, their soldiers are raised in a society which honors and values difference; and if
there exists xenophobia and blind hatred in Israeli society - and i'm not denying there isn't any niche for it's growth - it is in no way
sanctioned by mainstream media, as for example, the mindbogglingly inhumane representation of Jews on Al Aqsa TV in Gaza.
On the other side, is Hamas. As I just explained to you, they come from a different weltanchaungg, one that doesn't "resonate" and so almost
doesn't seem real to other people. But you have to be on guard against that temptation to dissociate. Because, In the minds of Islamic extremists,
Gods "presence" is everywhere. Suicide attacks are an act of free will: a splendid expression of faith in Allahs supremacy.
You really have to 'delve' into the psychology of Hamas to truly capture how hideously delusional and crazed they are.
And on a deeper note - for those who read a lot - the issue at root is between how knowledge is attained; it's an epistemological issue. For
Islamists (and any fundamentalists) knowledge is GIVEN FROM WITHOUT, that is, through 'revelation'. Revelation, as history shows us, leads to
Conversely, empiricism, a study of self and environment, reified as psychology and sciences, allows us to connect with one another in a way that
levels the playing field.
This issue is not even about Israel - but about how Islamic societies have struggled to transition to become a humanistic society - as the west,
Japan, and more and more Asian countries are becoming.
Israel, in fact, if it were to ever collapse, could you imagine how that would be interpreted by the Islamists? Good lord. It would embolden them.
They already believe that Israels demise 'heralds' a global caliphate (such is the absurdity of revelational thinking) and so if it happened, I'd
imagine ISIS and Boko Haram will be the least of our worries. You can expect Islamism to make much more noise in Egypt, Turkey and elsewhere in the
Israel needs to be protected because, at large, they embody humanistic values - whereas Hamas, certainly, embodies the exact opposite: and they show
us by their fruits how absurd human thinking and behavior can become when a metaphysics unanchored to any empirical reality rules peoples tihnking.