In an unusual move for someone with his demeanor, Shrinkwrapped sent a mass email out to bloggers addressing his concerns about what seems to be a growing malaise in Israel.
I have snipped part of it here, but I urge you go over and read all of his post. Shrinkwrapped is eminently reasonable and if he is saying this, then we all ought to examine it carefully. The example he offers to back up his intuition is very telling.
I have written a great deal about the anti-Semitic psychopathology of the Palestinians. I have described their illness as self defeating and self-destructive. I have pointed out that every nation that has attempted to destroy the Jews has failed and been destroyed in turn. I have also written about the dangerous fecklessness of the Israeli government and the Israeli Left, which believes that, against all historical evidence, this time the Palestinians really are committed to Peace. The evidence to the contrary continues to accrete, yet Palestinian genocidal threats, and similar threats from their supporters in Iran, Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, et al, fall on deaf ears. This is all well documented and dispiriting.
Yet recently an additional suspicion has been insinuating itself into my awareness. It is much more troubling and my initial reaction is to dismiss the notion; yet even the most disturbing ideas must be examined and considered if the worst is to be avoided…
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Before receiving his message, I had been thinking along the same lines. Since Gates of Vienna is a blog founded to support the survival of Israel, the way things continue to erode there is, as he says, “dispiriting”.
I told him, in the comment I left there, that I’ve been reading the Israeli news, trying to find a robust response to the Yeshiva murders. The most they can say is they’re going to tear down the killer’s house…and meanwhile, the shelling continues.
In the midst of their lethargy, I did find one bright spot yesterday. Here it is:
The ages of these soldiers give me hope that all is not lost, that the young carry our hope of regeneration.
I am afraid to dwell on the unthinkable, in which “Never Again” becomes “We Can’t Do This Anymore”. That’s a suicide pact.
If you have counter-examples to offer, please leave them in his comments.