Why the white West and Israel are even guiltier than we thought
Below are three variations on Auster’s First Law of Majority-Minority Relations in Liberal Society: :
Take the European left’s bigotry against Israel. They blame all Muslim bad behavior on Israel and the U.S. The Arabs are mad and violent because of Israeli oppression. But if this is true, then the more violent the Muslims become against Israel, the worse must be the oppressions that Israel and the U.S. are inflicting on the Muslims. If Israel launches the Oslo “peace” process, and Arab suicide attacks against Israelis immediately begin, well, that’s because Israel has become exceptionally oppressive and cruel to the Palestinians.
If Israel then gives an unprecedented offer to the Palestinians, as Ehud Barak did in 1999 and 2000, and the Palestinians reject it and launch a terror uprising, that must be because Israel has been more oppressive than ever.
If Israel then allows free democratic elections including Hamas in 2006, and Hamas wins, it’s because of U.S. and Israeli imperialism, which must be even worse than it was before.
If Iran threatens Israel with nuclear extermination, as it has been doing for the last few years, that also must be due to the Israeli mistreatment of the Palestinians, which must be even worse than it was before.
And if Iran launched a nuclear strike at Israel and killed 2,000,000 Israelis, that would prove that the Israeli oppression of the Palestinians was vastly worse than anyone had ever imagined before.
Jonathan L. writes:
Ironically, an identical conclusion was reached by former-60’s radical/current-social democrat Paul Berman, who in his book of several years back, “Terror and Liberalism,” wrote: “There was, in short, the idea that each new act of murder and suicide testified to how oppressive the Israelis were. Palestinian terror, in this view, was the measure of Israeli guilt. The more grotesque the terror, the deeper the guilt. And, if unfathomable motives appeared to drive the suicide bombers forward, the oppressiveness of Israel was likewise deemed to be, by logical inference, unfathomable—a bottomless oppression, which had given rise to the maximum of violence, which is suicide murder.”
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 14, 2007 01:10 PM | Send