These two headlines and their accompanying stories appeared next to each other in today’s issue of the Jerusalem Post. As the old saying goes ‘the essence of comedy is tragedy’ and all are both laughable and tragic.
Israel doesn’t need to launch rockets against itself and it’s neighbors as a pretext for violence against Palestinians. Hamas provides all the justification necessary by constantly trying to murder and maim Israelis. Whatever violence that Israel commits against Palestinians is nothing more than self defense and in response to the heinous, barbaric and unpardonable acts Palestinians commit against it virtually every single day. The refusal by Hamas to accept responsibility for violence is ludicrous and it’s attempt to blame Israel is nothing more than a transparent ploy to shift the fault away from itself, where it rightly belongs. Pretext? Hamas and it’s actions are the pretext. Besides, far more violence is committed against Palestinians by Hamas and it’s cohorts than by Israelis. Really.
Ahmadinejad’s beliefs about the 9/11 murders are laughable as well. They are akin to saying that Hitler, Stalin and Mao never comitted the atrocities they did or that Iranians are a free people able to live their lives as they see fit or that Islam is a religion of peace. All are laughable, and ludicrous, because they are so obviously untrue and so are Ahmadinejad’s lunatic beliefs about the destruction of the World Trade Center. Lunatic, ludicrous and laughable. That sums them up in a nutshell.
The tragedy is that people who are otherwise of good heart and common sense believe the substance of the Post articles or take them at face value, for any number of reasons, and that this lazy and inadequate ‘thinking’ does nothing to solve problems and everything to exacerbate them. Why are they so accepting? Perhaps they are unwilling or unable to think critically or don’t have the time or inclination to truly educate themselves about the Middle East…perhaps they believe in the essential goodness of man and cannot accept that evil exists…perhaps they are naive and easily manipulated by nature…perhaps they have memories of better times and places…perhaps there is some sort of incipient, knee-jerk anti-Americanism or anti-Semitism at play…perhaps they equate ignorance and accommodation with safety…perhaps they actually have faith in the New York Times or the Washington Post, the BBC or the Guardian, the CBC or the Toronto Star…perhaps they do think differently and are afraid to speak out. The possibilities go on and on.
Laughable and tragic…no doubt about it.