Why Are Palestinians Expected to Do What Americans Would Never Do?

From FireDogLake:

If the US offered peace in exchange for breaking a blockade that was starving its citizens and extending the cease fire to part of the country that wasn’t under ceasefire, and the forces starving the country refused, what would the US do?

I guarantee that if a similar situation were to occur to the US, the same commenters telling the Palestinians to turn the other cheek for moral reasons would think the US was justified in retaliating with all its might.

It really reminds me of nothing so much as people watching a bully kicking someone who’s down on the ground, saying “why does he keep fighting? He should know better than to resist.”

There is a pragmatic argument for trying non-violence in Palestine (I’m not convinced it would work, because Israel hasn’t shown a lot of capacity for shame) but the moral argument, unless you are someone who believes that war and violence are never justified under any circumstances, is extraordinarily weak. Americans and other outside commenters want Palestinians to act in ways that their own governments would never act in comparable circumstances.

Answer of the Day

Yes, sporadic blogging from here until 2009. The end of December is always a weird time of year where time seems to freeze and we’re stuck between holidays with people either taking the last two weeks of Dec. off from work or working a few days here and there.

How is everybody enjoying the end of 2008? Mine has been exceedingly boring except I had to rush my macbook to the Apple store because of a dead hard drive. Sadly, the warranty on it had expired so the Genius bar was a cash bar for me. But they repaired it in a day.

Ok, I’m going back to ignoring the internet.

Daily Dose of Ingersoll

So far as I am concerned, I have made up my mind that no organization, secular or religious, shall be my master. I have made up my mind that no necessity of bread, or roof, or raiment shall ever put a padlock on my lips. I have made up my mind that no hope of preferment, no honor, no wealth. shall ever make me for one moment swerve from what I really believe, no matter whether it is to my immediate interest, as one would think, or not. And while I live, I am going to do what little I can to help my fellow-men who have not been as fortunate as I have been. I shall talk on their side, I shall vote on their side, and do what little I can to convince men that happiness does not lie in the direction of great wealth, but in the direction of achievement for the good of themselves and for the good of their fellow-men. I shall do what little I can to hasten the day when this earth shall be covered with homes, and when by countless firesides shall sit the happy and the loving families of the world.

Robert Green Ingersoll – “A Lay Sermon” (1886)