Sunday, May 08, 2011

Comments trail:

@ Bob's
: Racist? Or merely ironic and not to be attempted, lest the pathological ideologues mis- (or dis-) construe?? That's the question! (Or, to borrow from the Coen Brothers', intelligence is relative ... )

@ TNR: Animalizing as political commentary
Pyramidion: The amateur Egyptian historian-blogger opines about the Holocaust, Zionism and Passover, but refuses to provide factual support for his thunderous claims. What can he mean?

My opinion? It's cognitive dissonance; he really really wants to deny the Holocaust but is too timid to do it, so he opts for the second best option: trivializing it by claiming "the Zionist media" inflates the horror:

"Dr. Ashraf Ezzat permalink

We have live witnesses to the holocaus, [sic] we have documents, photos and even films.
But none of that would match up to the overstreched lip service of the Zionists about it. Telling stories is the jew’s [sic] best natural gifts my dear."

@ Terry Glavin's: The proletariat celebrating Bin Laden's disappearance from the known universe while a highbrow representative of the newly invigorated, second-largest Canadian party to emerge from the recent elections, -- the NDP -- is agonizing over the international legality of the assassination.

@ TNR: Galston demurs, and FWIIW, I concur ...

I do not agonize over International Law when it comes to the killing of the mass murderer, but I do not go celebrating. Because schadenfreude is simply irrelevant, because it is not a seemly sentiment, because it goes against Jewish (and Israeli) ethics:

Proverbs 24:17-18 says:

"Do not rejoice when your enemy falls,
and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles;
lest YHWH see and it be evil in His eyes,
and He turn away His wrath from him."

Commentary on these verses:

"17: At the fall of your enemy, do not be happy, as there is a difference between simcha, happiness, and ghil, joy. Simcha, happiness, is constant and refers to a permanent thing, while ghil, rejoice, relates to temporary or renewed things such as a good message, etc. Hence, says the verse, do not be happy permanently at the fall of your enemy from his stature, and even when he stumbles, which is the beginning of his fall, do not rejoice temporarily, upon news of the beginning of his fall. 18: Lest God sees, and it will be bad in His eyes, as God will see your cruelty and your measure of revenge, and will compare your enemies deeds to yours, and He will look unfavorably at your deeds, and He will turn his wrath from your enemy unto you."


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