Friday, January 27, 2012
A Learning Nation
The taking of the Turkish ship Navi Marmara left us a trauma: when attacked by a mob of unarmed Turks, our commando was forced to use firearms and kill nine. It was a major international scandal. But we learn. If anything, what distinguishes us Jews is that we are continuously learning. So the Israeli Army is learning Krav Maga (Contact Combat) to fight "white" that is non fire weapons encounters. Golda Meir lamented that the Arabs forced us to learn to kill, and learn we did. Now the Turks have forced us to learn personal violence, and we learn. We learn how to do "killer's eyes", how to develope a crazy berserk mood, how to cultivate and control a violent mindset and so on. We learn חוסן נפשי = spiritual stamina. Not what we Jews aspire to do or be.