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August 27, 2006

Uri & David Grossman

The Washington Post has published what Israeli author David Grossman said at his son's funeral, here.

Lawrence of Cyberia says:

[Grossman's 1987 book] The Yellow Wind is a call for Israelis to end their domination of the Palestinians, on the grounds that the occupation is neither just, nor moral, nor humane. But the book is also a warning to Israel that if it cannot end the occupation for morality's sake, then it should do so out of simple self-interest, because the occupation is going to destroy it...

The big difference between 1987 and now is that I think no-one now would look at the destructive, corrosive effects of the occupation on Israel and the entire region, and think this is a problem to be put off to a distant future...Either way, I think that the moment of truth that David Grossman described as a yellow wind is upon Israel. How sad and ironic that one of the first people swept away by it should be the son of the author who looked at the false calm of the Occupied Territories in 1987, and knew what was coming.

Posted at August 27, 2006 12:54 PM | TrackBack

Very true.

And think of how destroying Iraq is destroying America.

Posted by: Bob In Pacifica at August 27, 2006 02:10 PM

Was Dershowitz the author of the New Republic article?

Posted by: Nell at August 27, 2006 10:38 PM

The New Republic article was by Seth Kaplan wherein he argued against "outright condemnation of torture". Newsweek carried something called "The Case for Torture" on June 7, 1982 by Michael Levin, a professor of philosophy at City College of New York. These references are from the 1999 reprint of 'Fateful Triangle' (originally published in 1983). Dershowitz's verbal and intellectual gymnastics, already legion by then, also come in for close scrutiny at several places.

Posted by: sk at August 27, 2006 11:34 PM

Yeah, a little torture. That'll get a professor of philosophy to bite down hard on the stem of his pipe.

Posted by: Bob In Pacifica at August 28, 2006 11:26 AM