Sunday, December 21, 2008

Loss of perspective

"Is it an irresponsible overstatement to associate the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity?" Falk wrote in the piece. "I think not. The recent developments in Gaza are especially disturbing because they express so vividly a deliberate intention on the part of Israel and its allies to subject an entire human community to life-endangering conditions of utmost cruelty. The suggestion that this pattern of conduct is a holocaust-in-the-making represents a rather desperate appeal to the governments of the world and to international public opinion to act urgently to prevent these current genocidal tendencies from culminating in a collective tragedy."

I'm not sure that I would describe gas chambers as subjecting "an entire human community to life-endangering conditions", nor would I describe cutting off fuel delivery that way. The gentleman both exaggerates and plays down, depending on who's doing the subjecting. A parallel example might be comparing a mafia type of body disposal of a rival black gang leader with cement shoes to Foot Locker closing the only shoe store in a minority neighborhood. It's all the same, right? Both are engaging in methodical deprevation of adaquate access to a minimum standard of footware.

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