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  •  Respectfully, sir, (1+ / 0-)
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    karmsy

    the first letter of PTSD stands for "post".  American Jews, and others around the world younger than the Holocaust generation are extensively fixated that way but Israel isn't oversimplistically "post" anything, your experiences there and consequent opinions not withstanding.  

    Fear about Israel's possible destruction (or being bombed back into the stone age), is only high-falutin "existential" to Jews who don't live there fulltime and permanently.

    Maybe some or even many there or here see it as "you're either with us or against us," but considering how many religions and ethnicities find home or refuge in Israel, that "you" and that "us" is far from monolithic enough to assign a monolithic belief to.

    Financial/commerce boycotts against any entity other than a financial/commerce one (e.g., a corporation that abuses its employees, customers, environment, etc) is use of coercion to brute-force a change and punish an entire local of people collectively for the harm done by some.  True justice of method would be to vigorously employ finance and commerce to SUPPORT the elements of the society that are working for constructive, just, positive change.

    •  My gut sense (1+ / 0-)
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      mettle fatigue

      is that the I/P conflict, indeed, is serving the interests of people not directly involved who have a stake its perpetuation.

      Just basing this on the general efficacy in demagoguery of "divide-and-conquer."

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Sun Jan 12, 2014 at 08:37:34 AM PST

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      •  Yes, weapons industries like ours, oil, "news" & (0+ / 0-)

        all others that profit from conflict. "Divide & Conquer" - unquestionably a key manipulation by every eminence gris with something to gain.

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