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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Israel and Its Enemies: Why Culture Matters, Or, Why being magnanimous to a shame/honor culture makes things worse

From American Greatness:
A passage from a landmark American novel shows why attempts to appease Israel’s enemies have always failed and always will fail. Thomas Berger’s Little Big Man (1964) is the story of Jack Crabb, a fictional 19th-century frontiersman. 
In 1852, when Jack is 10 years old, he comes to live with the Cheyenne of the Northern Plains through a set of circumstances too complicated to recount here. On his first morning among the Indians, out of a desire to be accepted and liked, Jack makes an error that earns him the lifelong enmity of another boy. Jack explains (emphasis is added): 
After our bath [in the stream] them boys fetched bows and we played war in and out of a buffalo wallow near camp, shooting one another with arrows that didn’t have no points. And then we did some wrestling, at which I was none too good and somewhat shy to try too hard, but after getting badly squeezed, I turned to boxing and bloodied at least one brown nose. The latter was the property of Younger Bear, and the event caused him to receive a good deal of jeering, because I’d say Indians are given to that trait even more than whites. I felt sorry for Younger Bear when I saw the ridicule I had let him in for. 
“Which was a big mistake: I should either never have hit him in the first place or after doing so should have strutted around boasting and maybe given him more punishment to consolidate the advantage: that’s the Indian way. You should never feel sorry about beating anybody, unless having conquered his body you want his spirit as well. I didn’t yet understand that, so throughout the rest of the day I kept trying to shine up to Younger Bear, and the result was I made the first real enemy of my life and he caused me untold trouble for years, for an Indian will make a profession of revenge. 
Like the Cheyenne, Arabs operate in a shame/honor culture in which a beaten enemy sees the winner’s concessions and goodwill gestures as further humiliation. Being the recipient of magnanimity underscores subordination. After all, only victors can afford to be generous. Therefore, no Israeli offer will ever be good enough. 
Only subjugating the Jews can expunge Arab shame. Honor won’t be restored until the Zionists are dead, driven out, or reduced to a degraded remnant. 
Psychologist David Gutmann (1925-2013) believed this was why “Palestinian leaders have rejected or sabotaged every proposal for statehood since 1947.” Gutmann, writing at the American Spectator, explained: 
“The calculus of Shame dictates that the Palestinian stigma of defeat can only be removed by a bloody victory over the Jews who inflicted it. By the same token, their state cannot be handed to the Palestinians by some benign international arbiter, or by a generous Israeli government. . . . The gift of a state that was not won in battle would only increase Palestinian shame.” 
So there is no “peace partner” and no “peace process,” although Arab leaders will pretend these things exist while playing for time—which they believe to be on their side. It appears to them that the nations (gentiles) don’t much like the Jews, and they conclude that Israel is isolated. “We Arabs are so many and the Jews are so few,” they observe. They therefore see Israel as an ephemeral Crusader kingdom. 
Unlike Westerners, Arabs are patient—in it for the long game. European vilification of Israel and international pressure on the Jewish state do not facilitate peace. On the contrary, they give heart to Israel’s enemies and prolong the conflict. 
What circumstances, then, favor peace?
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Blogger Pete Rowe said...

Ezekiel 37, 38, and 39 is the only answer and it is similar to what we inflicted on Japan.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:54:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other words, once you have beaten your
Arab enemy, you have to keep your boot on their neck. Oh, well, whatever it takes...
except this doesn't fly in the world of
Christian values. But if Christians want to survive, they'll have to take their "turn the other cheek" and "slave" out of their slave religion, as Nietzsche described it. I have no problem with Israel doing whatever it takes to survive. I DO, however, object to the American taxpayer subsidizing them, Egypt AND the Palestinians. If Israel wants their state in their slice of the Middle East, they should do it on their OWN dime.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:15:00 pm  
Blogger christian soldier said...

agree w A --we Christians have only two cheeks then it is time to arm and do battle--we must FIGHT -
this Christian no longer turns the other cheek
C-Christian Soldier

Saturday, May 19, 2018 8:51:00 pm  

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