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Posted by aogSunday, 04 May 2008 at 21:13 TrackBack Ping URL

Via Brothers Judd we have this review of a book about the 1948 war in the Middle East. It has this quote

And then there were the Palestinians, who had watched in horror over the past 75 years as these aliens first trickled, then poured, into their homeland. Were he an Arab leader, David Ben-Gurion once confessed to the Zionist official Nahum Goldmann, he, too, would wage perpetual war with Israel. “Sure, God promised it to us, but what does that matter to them?” he asked. “There has been anti-Semitism, the Nazis, Hitler, Auschwitz, but was that their fault? They only see one thing: We have come here and stolen their country.”

Well, the Arabs could have welcomed the Jews, with their money, their industry, and the prosperity they created all around them. It would be fascinating, I think, to compare the number of Arabs in what is now Israel from say 1890 to 1948 and see just how much “horror” at the arrival of the Jews there really was.

P.S. Isn’t Judd’s comment endorsing exterminationism, something he lambastes Darwinism for creating?

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Robert Duquette Monday, 05 May 2008 at 21:05

One of Orrin’s favorite principles is the right of any society to enforce conformity to it’s traditions and values, to the extent of violence and even death against those who will not conform. That’s how he has always justified the witch trials.

Bret Monday, 05 May 2008 at 23:45

And then there were the Palestinians, who had watched in horror over the past 75 years as these aliens first trickled…”

Maybe they watched in horror, but not too much horror since when the “aliens” came and the British took over governance there was significant net inward migration of Arabs. Perhaps horrible, but hey, economically beneficial, so what the hell. So, in fact, migration says they did at least welcome the aliens.

Duck,

Every society does enforce some level of conformity, even ours. Try not conforming to the tax rules if you think that’s not true.

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