Saturday, January 26, 2013
HaAretz Showing Signs of Dementia
Experts attribute demential hostility to feeling frightened or humiliated, feeling frustrated at being unable to understand others, loss of judgement and self-control, loss of inhibitions and decreased awareness of reality. Any form of dementia can be upsetting, but the most important thing to remember is that it is not deliberate. Before you react, take a deep breath, step back and count to ten. Try to stay calm and don't enter into an argument. I shall follow the advise.
HaAretz says that the blood of the poor is cheaper than the middle class, and the IDF discriminates between classes and races. That is blood slander, and totally untrue, and its purpose is to undermine IDF's morale. The truth is that IDF tries to reject conscripts of lower social and educational levels, because they make unreliable fighters and are uneducable (they cannot learn to operate IDL's technical weapons). But that is politically impossible and they spend much effort in integrating everybody. In my time, the repository of cognitively challenged boys was the transport unit, where they became lorry drivers. We always had problems with them. The kitchen was another refuge, but IDF now uses catering services. As for minorities, whose blood is the cheapest according to HaAretz, they are not conscripted to fighting units, and if they volunteer, they are sent to civil support units.
Truth is that the burden of Israel's defense falls on the secular middle class, with the kibutzim and upper middle class towns like Raanana and Ramat HaSharon supplying the vanguard, the special units, the pilots. That is the reason of Lapid's popularity - the resentment that the defense burden is not shared by the ultraOrtodox Ashkenazim, who except for their voluntary poverty, have all the characteristics of middle class people. The article observes that lately the Zionist Religious youth is volunteering for officer and special courses, competing with the urban and rural secular middle class, which is - for HaAretz - is a most negative and dangerous development. Why are they doing this, reflects HaAretz? Love of their country? HaAretz doesnt know what that is and imagines that they are risking their lives for the love of ... money and social advancement. Where sees HaAretz more Arab and lumpen Jewish youth dying for the country? In its sick imagination. But this slander certainly may weaken the IDF. Why should HaAretz wish that?
The article also calls the last operation against the Hamas (aimed at stopping bombarding civilian populations in the South) as a "colossal defeat". How come? The thousands of rockets fired by the Hamas from Gaza caused much distress in the population, but little physical damage and only ONE death (an unfortunate fellow that did not seek refuge at time). I dont count how many terrorists we killed because that is not what we are looking for, but to stop the fire and let the people live. And that was achieved. How come "colossal defeat"? Shay points his finger to the celebrations in Gaza when the ceasefire was signed (the pic illustrates better the concept of "cargo cult" than anything I have seen since the fake Iranian missiles). If they are celebrating and are so happy, it follows that they must have won and we must have lost. A valid argument is one in which the truth of the premises guarantees the truth of its conclusion. The premise here is true so according to the rules of deductive logic, the conclusion must be valid, that is, if deductive logic works, but that I leave to professional phylosophers. One can understand and forgive Palestinians (who had been losing war after war since 1930) and Arabs in general for trying to make look their impotence as victory, but why HaAretz? The answer cannot be other than mental disease: dementia. J, remember to keep calm, step back and count to ten. Take a deep breath. Thanks, I am already feeling better.