“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Abraham Lincoln

Bob Writes What I Would Have Liked To.

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Call it writer’s block, no grey cells, mental inertia or just being thick. I am not up to much blogging at the moment, still Bob over at Brockley has written all that I would have liked to have written and much more.

His coverage of Gaza is well worth a read.

Been reading the various angles on Gaza, but importantly other people’s reaction. Flesh is Glass argues:

“…At the same time, those people need to think critically about the situation, and in order to do that they require more than simple compassion. I deplore the thinness of the arguments, the poverty of knowledge among the far left supporters of Palestine, and the poverty of judgement which follows. But then, they are told that Israel has no possible defence, that our response should be manifest already to anybody with a conscience. And so the protest is fuelled by huge amounts of vitriol, and this is what is so strange about these Jekyll and Hyde British activists – they are so very cautious about the ongoing conflicts in Sri Lanka, Darfur, Congo, and so frothing-at-the-mouth livid when it comes to Israel.”

Professor Marranci makes the case that:

“Israelis and Palestinians seem trapped in the cycle of the ‘ethos of death’ and the problem is that mediators seem unable to recognize it. Mediators are again focusing on technical aspects: stopping Israel’s carnage and Hamas’ rockets. This is not the issue. Both Israel and Hamas know that they have to reach, one day or another, a ceasefire, even though Israel will not be able to stop Hamas from possessing and using rockets, nor will Hamas stop the Israeli blockage of Gaza. The issue is that, when needed, the ‘ethos of death’ will be used again at the first political strategic opportunity.

Blood covers not only the bodyies of the dying but also the frustration of the Palestinian and Israeli people, often transformed by the ‘ethos of death’ into twenty-first century vampires seeking more and more blood from the ‘enemy’ in the name of survival. If both the people of Israel and Palestine do not reject the politics of the ‘ethos of death’, this new ceasefire will remain a mere parentheses of calm so that Palestinians in Gaza may bury families and mourn hundreds of relatives and friends dead, and the Israelis of the South may repair windows, ready to be soon broken again.”

Snoopy’s not having any of that, and asks in characteristically aggressive form: Judging Israel – judging the world

Written by modernityblog

14/01/2009 at 18:17

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Aggressive? Come on, I wasn’t even expressing my own opinion 😉

    And I am not sure I agree with learned professor here. People who tend to generalize are usually missing the target. This is a generalized statement, of course…

    Thanks for the link, anyways, and cheers.


    15/01/2009 at 09:38

  2. Thanks M. Actually, I’ve been linking so heavily precisely because I’ve had a kind of writer’s block, or rather thinker’s block, over the situation in Gaza. I have had a really hard time knowing exactly what to think. The Flesh is Grass post you mention (here’s the link Mod readers: ) articulates the view that I have finally come to better than I could myself!


    15/01/2009 at 13:38

  3. thanks bob, thanks mod. i was paralysed for a response for ages. the responsibility of trying to do justice to the dead and the threatened living. i hope our difficulties mean that means we haven’t become ritualistic in responding to Israel, a place all three of us care about. If so that’s got to be a good thing.


    17/01/2009 at 01:49

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