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  •  when Palestinian kids are being maimed & murdered (0+ / 0-)

    I'm not gonna wait to speak out until I can think of some way to say it without ruffling anybody's feathers and where my message drips with blog drops of originality, flair and wit.

    •  Pick your audience carefully (4+ / 0-)

      Your audience here is not the same as it will be elsewhere.  As I said,there's a reason that the comparison to the Spartans is used by critics of the Israeli regime:

      Some 2,600 years or so ago, the city-state Sparta conquered the people of Messenia and made them into a class of serfs, called helots. Because they were numerically outnumbered by as much as 10 to 1, the Spartans developed a code of behavior they believed would ensure their continued dominance over the helots. Male youths were conscripted at an early age and subjected to rigorous training that toughened them mentally and physically. These youths passed through many stages of preparation and instruction including indoctrination in hatred for the helots. The most accomplished were rewarded with a position in the murderous secret police. In this organization they were taught to identify and assassinate the most talented of the subjugated helots as a means of obviating the emergence of a class that would pose a threat to the Spartan state's supremacy.

      In the society that emerged, the Spartans were the only ones favored with citizenship and given shares in the allotment of captured lands. The helots had no legal or civil rights and were constantly terrorized and suppressed by the Spartan secret police. The Spartiates were mainly concerned with preserving the Spartan character of their state. It is not recorded whether the helots who resisted were called "terrorists."

       We also need to remember that the propaganda war against Palestinian rights depends on appeals to sympathy, and the invocation of the Holocaust and the Nazi repression and extermination of millions of Jews is an easy way to garner sympathy.  But that wasn't how it began, and there are ways of getting that point across without facile comparisons to the Nazi regime.  

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