"The Insane Brutality of the State of
Atrocities in the Promised Land
The horrors that Israel is perpetrating on the people of Lebanon and serious questions must be raised concerning what must be done with a nation that continues to elect leaders that are criminally insane.
July 17, 2006
fail; ordinary terms are inadequate to describe the horrors
But it needs to be said now, loudly: those who devise and carry out Israeli policies have made Israel into a monster, and it has come time for all of us -- all Israelis, all Jews who allow Israel to speak for them, all Americans who do nothing to end U.S. support for Israel and its murderous policies -- to recognize that we stain ourselves morally by continuing to sit by while Israel carries out its atrocities against the Palestinians.
A nation that mandates the primacy of one ethnicity or religion over all others will eventually become psychologically dysfunctional. Narcissistically obsessed with its own image, it must strive to maintain its racial superiority at all costs and will inevitably come to view any resistance to this imagined superiority as an existential threat. Indeed, any other people automatically becomes an existential threat simply by virtue of its own existence. As it seeks to protect itself against phantom threats, the racist state becomes increasingly paranoid, its society closed and insular, intellectually limited. Setbacks enrage it; humiliations madden it. The state lashes out in a crazed effort, lacking any sense of proportion, to reassure itself of its strength.
pattern played out in Nazi Germany as it sought to maintain
a mythical Aryan superiority. It is playing out now in
A military establishment that drops a 500-pound bomb on a house in the middle of the night and kills a man and his wife and seven of their children, as happened in Gaza four days ago, is not the military of a moral country.
A society that can brush off as unimportant an army officers brutal murder of a 13-year-old girl on the claim that she threatened soldiers at a military post -- one of nearly 700 Palestinian children murdered by Israelis since the intifada began -- is not a society with a conscience.
government that imprisons a 15-year-old girl -- one of
several hundred children in Israeli detention -- for the
crime of pushing and running away from a male soldier trying
to do a body search as she entered a mosque is not a
government with any moral bearings. (This story, not the
kind that ever appears in the
Warschawski writes of an Israeli madness and
insane brutality, a putrefaction of
civilized society, that have set
Warschawski notes bitterly,