On bullies and truth
My favourite Arab blogger put up a typical post in which he finds something poisonous to say about Israel. It's a way of dispelling his daily doldrums, I suppose. Buj is a sort of lotus eater. He lives in that boring place, Dubai, where the most exciting event of the last millennium was the opening of an empty and pretentious skyscraper .
Here is Buj's latest exhibition.
Despite his penchant for Americanisms, which makes him seem a very hip sort of person, in the American conception of the term, Buj does not believe in free flowing discussion. Least of all he likes it when an opinion is presented which contradicts his outlandish premises. So my comments do not make it into the comment box on his blog. I blame it on a mental disorder known by psychologists as Veritasphobia (fear of truth).
I left the following comment on his blog and as he won't publish it, I've copied it to my blog by way of keeping a record:
"To bully: To treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner. To make (one's way) aggressively"
"Tzipi Livni, leader of the main opposition party in Israel, says she will travel to London soon, specifically to get arrested.
Ms Livni describes the move as an attempt to force the UK government to fulfil its promise to take “urgent” action to protect visiting Israeli officials and military leaders from arrest on war crimes warrants obtained by Palestinian groups in British courts."
Buj's loose usage of language rules at work, again. Does he really not understand what 'bully' means, or is he just adding imaginative touches to a venomous post, on the understanding that he his readers will not dare to disagree with him?
Where is the bullying in Livni's plan? Looks like Livni is planning to force the bully to come face to face with his own bullying futility.
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
On bullies and truth