Picture from a visit to Haifa during the Israel Hizballah war, summer 2006
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I sensed the same thing, Avi: So far, he has shown to be desinfeve and unwilling to budge, certainly not on his views regarding Sderot and the constant refrain about its need for “defense”.Second, anyone who spends a honeymoon, a time couples usually cherish for the rest of their lives, in Israel — of all places — is not someone who will change his worldview and his understanding in a matter of weeks or months. Seems to me Americans in general are not very open to thinking much about what has been done in their name under the patriotic banner of national defense and/or homeland security, and therefore the evolving real world results of this collective emotional barrier remain invisible to them from their modest perches across the land, from sea to shining sea. In my personal experience over the last seven years in everyday middle and lower class American goyland with only two exceptions (two of my siblings they even know who Vanessa Redgrave is), any thought on this subject matter stops at the imbedded conviction better over there than over here. The history of the ruthless use of demonolgy, fear, by world history’s political leaders to bend the masses to their will, if known at all, extends only to the name Hitler an old cartoon Hitler at that. Those age 50 and younger who proclaim their love for our boys and girls over there do not even have the collective memory of our boys being spit on when they returned from over there in the Vietnam Era, the very boys, now old men, including their own daddys, who today inspire grateful sentimental tears from their eyes. Not to mention a doughboy means nothing to them except a cute little food commericial guy, and they are blissfully unaware WW2 was in many significant ways, simply a continuation of WW1. The continuous conflation of Israel & US interests puts their own country inside the vexing, and much less than romantic Pale and they don’t even know it, don’t yet realize their honeymoon is over even as gray hairs gather on their horizon.
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