dimanche 4 janvier 2009

Complexity and hope

Israeli left wing demonstrators protest against the war. Tel-Aviv

In the MSM the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is portrayed in diochromic terms. Either/or for/against One state/two and so on. In this type of thinking, catch 's proliferate. If the Israelis stopped the bommbing then Hamas would stop the rockets but the other won't til the other does - who do you support? But on the ground, there are inconsistences and contradictions that upset the slack way of thinking. There are Israelis that don't support the Israeli actions, there are Palestinians in the West Bank that don't support Hamas. The world may be divided ultimately on the dichotomy of class - but other idealistic divisions eventually disolve and give way to something smaller and much more fragile.