Monday, November 26, 2012

I posted this a few days ago
Israel is also threatening Mr. Abbas, even hinting that it may give up on him, as he prepares to go to the United Nations General Assembly on Nov. 29 to try to upgrade the Palestinian status to that of a nonmember state. The Israelis consider this step an act of aggression…
It bothers me that I didn't understand immediately the significance of the last sentence.  It doesn't shock me; people aren't that smart.

The sentence explains resistance and what's resisted. It explains Fatah and Hamas. It explains Munich, 1972. It explains homemade rockets and suicide bombings. It's obvious and always has been. That it hasn't appeared obvious to so many people for so long is not confirmation of my right to moralize.  We see only what we allow ourselves to see.

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