Wednesday, January 7, 2009

If you will allow me a brief primal scream...

I would just like to remind everyone that having a minority opinion does not necessarily mean that one is part of a fifth column. Yes, I believe that the war is justified and no, I do not believe that diplomacy is going to quite cut it at this juncture. And yes, I do take issue with those who are screaming and yelling now, but who never thought to do so during all the years rockets were falling on Israeli cities. Nonetheless, each person is entitled to his opinions and to his (peaceful) protest. Of course, this does mean that each of us is liable to hear things that we do not agree with, that we find disagreeable. Consider this the price of the privilege of living in a democracy. One could argue that it is also the benefit received; minority opinions force us both as individuals and as a society to think about our own stances.

So, what do I think of Israelis (Arab and Jewish) who oppose the war? It varies. Some are naive. Some are biased. Some are self-hating Jews. Some are committed pacifists; a noble persuasion, but one that is likely to get you killed in this neck of the woods. Some may be guided by thier frustration over the inequities between Arab and Jew in this country. Some, perhaps even a great number and perhaps even the majority of the minority, have followed the entire conflict carefully and have simply come to a different conclusion than have I.

And yes, some, SOME, are a fifth column, actively fighting and hoping for the outright destruction of the State of Israel.

(And no, holding an opinion that you think will lead to the destruction of the State of Israel is not the same thing. I think that Israel will be destroyed if she continues to produce mind-numbing reality shows. Shall I therefore lump all Big Brother and Survivor fans into the category of "fifth column"? Can I? Please????)

Seriously, there is enough collateral damage in this war already. Let us all try to be careful about how we aim our words.

And remember: the fact that we have minority opinions here and that they are voiced is what separates us from the terrorist organizations.

(Oh...and do remember that, from time to time, derided minority opinions have become the majority opinion.)
Muqata-Liveblogging the war with commentary
Israellycool-Liveblogging the war with snarky commentary
Jack-Daily round-up of blog and MSM posts on the war (from varying points of view)


Lady-Light said...

Agreed on the mind-numbing reality shows. What, we don't have enough excitement?

Anonymous said...

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.

Bertrand Russel

RivkA with a capital A said...

Maus -- love that quote!

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Gila: Obviously not ALL Arabs are fifth column, but rather Ahmed Tibi is a Fifth column. (And that is exactly what I wrote on my blog, which triggered this rant :)

Keep in mind that there are definitely much anti-Israeli violence now from the Arab sector in Israel; including rock throwing on highways. This is news worth documenting, which is why I post it.

aliyah06 said...

We all LIVE in a reality-show--who needs that garbage on televison?