On double standards

28 Jul

P. Akerman, whose effusions I don’t even bother to read any more, and T. Blair are both strong on the evils of “dual nationality” when the two “loyalties” are Lebanese and Australian, but precisely the same phenomenon is not just OK but positively noble when the two “loyalties” are Israeli and Australian. Could a clearer case of hypocrisy ever be made? Either dual nationality is a bad thing across the board, or it is acceptable across the board. Benjamin Solah noted this in a comment here yesterday, and he has a point.

Where Benjamin and I would disagree (probably) is that I do not so easily equate the State of Israel with that abstraction “imperialism” and I do not see armed Hezbollah firing rockets into Israel as heroes either. Go down that track and you are ineluctably drawn into the madness that says one side’s bombs are good and the other side’s bombs are evil. The doctrine of “armed struggle” also means the deaths of innocent civilians. Those killed in the Twin Towers for example are just as dead and just as innocent as the poor sods under the bombs in Lebanon. Those responsible are the maddies of whatever political or religious persuasion who accept that this is somehow a reasonable thing to do. It isn’t.

The Fury of Aerial Bombardment

Richard Eberhart (1904–2005)

You would think the fury of aerial bombardment
Would rouse God to relent; the infinite spaces
Are still silent. He looks on shock-pried faces.
History, even, does not know what is meant.

You would feel that after so many centuries
God would give man to repent; yet he can kill
As Cain could, but with multitudinous will,
No farther advanced than in his ancient furies

Was man made stupid to see his own stupidity?
Is God by definition indifferent, beyond us all?
Is the eternal truth man’s fighting soul
Wherein the Beast ravens in its own avidity?

Of Van Wettering I speak, and Averill,
Names on a list, whose faces I do not recall
But they are gone to early death, who late in school
Distinguished the belt feed lever from the belt holding pawl.

Please explain. I am just a Martian trying to fathom the folkways of Earthlings. Here is my life-time in pictures:

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One response to “On double standards

  1. Daniel

    July 28, 2006 at 8:47 am

    ‘He speaks with a forked tongue’, was a favourite saying of the Red Indians or it was until the genocide. The habit has been refined by many generations of politicians, religious gurus and militarists from every ‘civilization’.

    The point you made about the Twin Tower dead and the Lebanese dead is spot on. Those who profit from war never have to pay the price!

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