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July 14, 2005

Meanwhile: Terrorist Mortar Attacks Kill Israeli Woman; No One Particularly Cares, Because She Probably Deserved It

Terrorism is never really terrorism to many, but this is doubly true in Israel.

I'd been an Israel critic when I was younger. I stopped being so after the second Intifada, deciding, finally, that the right-wing Israelis were right-- the Palestinians were not interested in a negotiated peace, but in an ongoing process of terror by which they would eliminate the state of Israel more or less entirely.

But there was little passion in that opinion. It was, as they say, Someone Else's Problem, ultimately.

9-11 changed that. When the same sort of bastards murder your countrymen, you suddenly find yourself having a much more genuine emotional empathy for a nation that's put up with hundreds of terrorist attacks over the years.

I doubt the London bombings will do much to change the not-so-stealth anti-semitism of the British. But there's always hope.

Perhaps they've told themselves, over the years, that the Jews must be doing something to provoke the Palestinians; otherwise, why would assumedly-rational people keep blowing themselves up in restaurants?

Maybe Brits will start realizing they didn't do very much at all to provoke, much less deserve, the recent carnage, and perhaps there are people who just can't be reasoned with. People who are committed to a murder-cult, and for whom the act of taking an innocent human life is the ultimate communion.

And if they realize that about their own terrorists, maybe there's a chance they'll figure out something very similar is going on in Israel.


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