The chief reason for this is the utter intractability and predictability of the relationship between the two peoples, which has to be the ultimate current events film loop of my lifetime – which coincides almost exactly with the lifetime of the state ofIf that seems a little harsh, then screw you. But before you go away in a huff, let me tell you a story.
The ability of the Israelis to do things nearly as self destructive and ultimately futile as the Palestinians is a never ending source of amazement to me, but the whole mess also quite frankly boring and I’ve felt like I have little or nothing to add to the cacophony . . . er, debate.
We’ll call it The Story of Three Davids.
In many respects, Shaun David Mullen is a mirror image of David No. 1 -- my grandfather, David Snellenberg.Like me, he was as bald as a billiard ball, enjoyed an occasional cigar, questioned authority, enjoyed baseball, had a deep love of
Granddaddy Snellenberg and I had something else in common: A deep ambivalence about David No. 3 -- that would be the Star of David, or the nation ofHe arrived in
Granddaddy came by this view honestly. You'll have to judge for yourself whether I do.
But Granddaddy's life was all about giving back, not merely making a buck.
He had copies of the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights printed at his own expense and would distribute them to civics classes at public high schools.
When the scale of the humanitarian crisis involving German Jews became known in the run-up to World War II, he led an effort to raise relief funds from the local Jewish, Protestant and Episcopalian communities and shook down some wealthy industrialist friends for donations, as well. (The Catholic Church wasn't feeling brotherly, but that's another story for another time.)Granddaddy helped make arrangements to bring a Jewish teenager to the
But Granddaddy believed that Jews were citizens of the world who did not need their own state. I share that view.I am not suggesting that the war last summer between
He also anticipated that the creation of
would result in bloodshed and grief, although he went to his reward before the vicious cycle of wars began that continue to this day. Israel
But I believe that the scale of
"I also believe that the Israel-Hezbollah conflict was widely mischaracterized as merely another round in the endless back-and-forth between
's political and military leaders remain addicted to the notion that whatever they have a right to do, they have a right to overdo." Israel
It was nothing less than a new chapter in the Global War on Terror. This can be seen in the muted response to
I am sure that Granddaddy Snellenberg would agree.
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