Why Can't We All Just Get Along?
In the immortal words of that great American, Rodney King: Why can't we all just get along?
I, like many Americans, don't know a hell of a lot about the basis for the continued strife between the Israelis and the Palestinians. I only know what I've read in the history books and the newspapers . . . and y'all know how that goes. What are considered and accepted as facts, at one point, often turn out to be nothing but opinions after close scrutiny.
The only solid things that I have to go on are these: The Jewish people, throughout the centuries, have always been a tiny but tenacious minority--survivors if you will. Indeed they managed to survive, and thrive, and retain their identity throughout the centuries, whereas other groups, faced with similar circumstances, perhaps, would have given up and blended into the crowd, as it were, solely for the purpose of survival. And throughout much of their history, the Jews were not only continuously (and often brutally) persecuted and confined to Ghettos, but they faced a well-orchestrated/all out/almost successful effort dedicated to their literal extermination just three short generations ago.
Infants ripped from their mother's breasts, their heads smashed against walls; entire families thrown into ditches and machine-gunned, burned; packed into trains, like cattle, delivered to slaughter houses . . . . This is sick stuff, but what's even sicker is that the world, at the time, allowed it to happen. I'm not Jewish, but if I were, I'd be chronically pissed off over the entire affair and I wouldn't budge an inch . . . .