Saturday, July 19, 2014

It's Not About Sides

You know, I like Dennis Prager, the conservative commentator. He has that way of being right-wing without ruining anyone's day. We still need more of that. I watched a short video of him giving a primer on the Israel-Palestine conflict the other day, and it was persuasive. Then, I just watched a pro-Palestinian one today. Also, very persuasive. Don't you hate it when that happens? Still, I had a few thoughts:

1. A modern state created as a refuge for those fleeing perhaps the most horrific genocide in history, which then becomes an apartheid state against other groups, is tragic and ironic, to say the least.

2. Unjust conduct in war does not invalidate a grievance, but it does not advance it.

3. Territory gained in war--even a defensive one--cannot be licitly held.

4. A free state that maintains ethnic homogeneity by force is by definition not free.

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