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December 04, 2009


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Michael Barry

The first link is broken. The URL is included in the href as a title.

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Randy McDonald

"So we have a writer who wants Israel to be pure and strong, who hearkens back to a glorious past when the country fearlessly inflicted efficient violence on its foes, and is exhorting ends-justify-the-means mass violence against a despised ethnic group to restore the nation's security. Is it just me, or is it a little odd to see this sort of language being deployed so unselfconsciously here?"

Not really. The thing that made me think "Serbia with nukes" is learning about Israel's failure to allow people of different religious backgrounds to civilly marriage without conversions being involved. Bans on interracial marriage and same-sex marriage said a lot about the polities (and associated societies) responsible for the banning, what does a ban on interreligious marriage--with exceptions made, of course, if you leave the country for a bit--say? Crazy diasporic nationalism doesn't help, of course.

(And yes, I know other countries, especially in the region, have similar bans. That's not the point here.)

Do comparisons with Yugoslav successor states hold, Doug?

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