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Tom Joad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 10:00 PM
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21. I believe you, many in Israel are nationalistic. I have noticed this
This is a problem. So they identify with the govt. policy and cannot separate it from what is thought about themselves. If something is said about the govt, then it is said about the people, and many Jewish Israelis (that does leave out 20 or 30% of Israelis), certainly not all, feel that is the same thing as saying it about them personally, or about them as a people. Not only that, but among many Jewish Americans think that Israeli policy is Jewish policy and their policy.

That is not healthy. It happens here, and that is a problem too. George Bush could announce he is going to destroy the earth next week and there will still be 20 or 30% who will say it must be a good idea, because he is the President of a great country, their country, and if he wants to nuke the planet to smithereens, then we know it must be for a good reason, dammit. It is not even hypothetical, He is destroying the planet around us, slowly but surely, killing thousands of Iraqis, putting troops at risk, eating up all our resources for the war, and many still support him just because they cannot separate US policy from their view of themselves, their own identity. Some cannot even imagine that the US went to war for other than honorable reasons.

Just gotta get over it, start thinking abit more independently.

How could i live with myself if i could not separate myself from US policy? Millions dead in Vietnam. Support for genocide in East Timor to Central America, to the Middle East. Knowing what i know, about US pervasive aggression and militarism and racism, at least I am glad I can make that separation.
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