Monkey killing monkey killing monkey
Over pieces of the ground.
Silly monkeys give them thumbs,
They forge a blade,
And where there’s one
they’re bound to divide it,
Right in two.
This wandered across my feed today. It said “Student Challenges Professor, he shuts her up, her response is sickening!”
For once a click-bait title actually lives up to its own hype. In one way though the whole thing is disingenuous, there are complexities in the region that mean saying things like “The Jews are right” can never be a reliable statement. To me this does however highlight the basis of the problems that the region is facing and the fact that they have nothing to do with Israel, land or recent grievances or any of the myriad of supposedly rational reasons that both sides put forward in order to justify perpetual murder.
Here we have a young, well spoken, obviously educated and privileged woman who is calmly agreeing with the statement that she would like to see every Jewish person hunted off the face of the earth. This when she is living in another country away from the issues that surround the problems that supposedly propel this conflict. So it can it really be about these issues? Is is possible that it might be about ideology, it must be about theology. And the only thing I can possibly think of to defend this stance is that there must be a point when it becomes comforting to know who to hate. Me? I have a hard time hating but I can see the attraction. I would wake up and I would know who to blame everything on and joy upon joy it’s not me! That in the least would be refreshing and different. I can see really getting into a good passive hating lather. The issues would come when someone asked me to actually do something about it. “Go and blow yourself up!”. “Oh their not that bad….”
That would get me off the hate train quick smart and I think this is where we diverge. Many Christians for instance and indeed just westerners are really good passive haters. But they draw the line at actively hating people. Lots of us are not even really sure that we should go after ISIL. But imagine if we suddenly declared war on New Zealand. No-one would show up. We’d be like “look make as many sheep shagging jokes as you like but I’m not actually going to shoot one of those poor buggers”. But then we are not told by God and our religious leaders that we MUST hate them. That we have a moral obligation to hate them.
One thing to remember is that though this is insane and terrible, she is young. And there is time for her to change her mind about a great many things and the more education and the more that she mixes with different races and ideas as she is doing at a university the more likely she is going to change her mind. University is a mill that leaves very few people unchanged. Almost none of the ideologically charged people I knew a university still hold these beliefs with the same fervency. Yes it’s terrible but she is in precisely where she needs to be.
There comes a point in some arguments when you realise that you have bought into someone else’s delusion. And it often comes when your opposition for someone’s stance is taken as you supporting the opposite of their argument. Guess what? I can be both anti-Hamas and anti-Israel. Because as an outsider it looks like you are both being petulant children. No Hamas being smaller and less able to defend yourself doesn’t make me want to root for you, stop poking the fucking bear. Do you guys actually want peace? Cause I’m not getting that vibe you just seem insane and you know what’s not helping with that? Telling people that you want to eradicate the Jewish race from the planet. The idea that this might be something that you think is normal or OK makes me and I suspect lots of other people fairly relieved at the prospect of you disappearing yourselves, so no I wouldn’t want you for a neighbour either. As if you Israel you can’t hold the largest most powerful and technologically advanced army in the area AND cry crocodile tears when someone sends a rocket at you AND pretend that it wasn’t in retaliation for something you did AND cry to the world that somehow Hamas are winning whilst you murder thousands of civilians, tell me why you get a free pass again? So no I don’t have to pick a side, this isn’t sport, we aren’t having a few drinks and a friendly bet. You are both in the wrong. It’s a false dichotomy to want me to believe that I have to be either for you or for them.
For me the bit where I realised that I’d bought into someone else’s delusion was when I was arguing with people over whether there had ever been a people called The Palestinians or historically a place called Palestine. After a while I realised that it truly didn’t matter. The idea whether true or not that Palestine didn’t exist in biblical times didn’t stop the fact that there were now people called Palestinians, your doubt didn’t seem to stop their fervent belief that they exist and strangely didn’t seem to stop the reality of them dying in a very real, now kind of way. But some people seem need a crux for their hate something to support it before they can really feel justified in it, or maybe they feel that if they can get me to agree with that then I’ll be ok with the murder of civilians? Oh yeah? There probably weren’t a race of people called the Celts and people who pretend to be druids annoy the hell out of me, but I wouldn’t support their wholesale slaughter! And I’m sorry but let’s be honest ALL claims to land are tenuous at best. It truly either boils down to “We got here first” or “We bought this fair and square from the people who got here first” or “We kill the people that got here first…..but that was a long time ago now so its ok” or “We got here first! And then our god said that we were meant to be here…so it’s ok”.
There’s enough hate and blame to fill the entire Middle East and NO frankly I am not interested in who started it. Honestly if it didn’t affect the rest of the world then I’d be inclined to let you destroy each other. YOU’RE FIGHTING OVER DIRT. YOU BUNCH OF FUCKING MORONS. If it were possible I would separate you two. And yes I probably have a better understanding of the situation than most people, yes I know the history of the area. I know the leaders that were assassinated on both sides trying to move the peace process forward. I know about the six day war I know about the UN. I DON”T CARE. Pointing fingers shuffling your feet whilst mumbling “The only thing the other side understands is violence” is what children do. STOP BEING FUCKING CHILDREN. Adult’s compromise, adults say “ok that was the past, this is the now, the future is what I can control from my actions today and I want to make a decision that will not only stop people dying on the other side but on my side.”
What people seem to be incapable of saying to your faces is YOU ARE BOTH IN THE WRONG.
Look sometimes, there are two kids in the class and although you like them both individually there is absolutely no way they should be sat next to each other. Because when they are it turns into hell for everyone, this is you guys.
And no I seriously don’t care that Jerusalem is kind of important for both of you. It’s the THIRD holy place for Jews and a place where Mohammed supposedly once tied of his horse. So big fat hairy deal.
If I am murdered in the next few months don’t worry about trying to work out who did it…I just made two powerful enemies.