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War Is All Around - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
April 11th, 2002
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War Is All Around
A twenty-four year-old Palestinian woman was caught this morning in Tul-karem, pretending to be pregnant. Her bloated belly turned out to be an explosive charge.

This is the flip side of the (understandable) outrage at some Palestinian women's having to give birth at IDF checkpoints because they are not immediately let through.

The Palestinian Independence War is at full steam. They will be victorious, of course, i.e. they will gain independence. Their achievement of independence will be even more full of iniquity than the Israeli independence is. And many more lives will be lost before Israel does what it must inevitably do, i.e. retreat from the occupied territories and dismantle the Jewish settlements there.

Current Mood: suppressed
Current Music: Nathan Cohen- HaHevel VeHayated

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From:ygurvitz
Date:April 12th, 2002 03:07 am (UTC)

Yes, they will win, but...

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I agree there's a very good chance the Palestinians will have a state of their own.

I am not at all sure this will be a good thing. For them.

All our rhetoric about self-determination and national freedom is based on 19th century ideals, when Germany was fragmented, Italy was divided, Poland was occupied, the Austro-Hungarian empire controlled many ethnicities, the French were busy toppling regimes, and the national idea was, to a degree, fused with socialism.

But, at the beginning of the 21st century, we need to give self-determination a long, hard look.

The liberation of the third world is a catastrophe. I think the first unification of Germany can also count as a bad thing (too early to say anything about the second one). We go back to Adams vs. Jefferson, and Adams was right: a democracy cannot exist when less than 10% of the population is literate (i.e., no strong middle class).

The Palestinian middle class took an even bigger hit than the Israeli one, I doubt it will recover any time soon, and I shudder to think of the public life of a state created by a wave of suicide bombers.

All this notwithstanding, I think we should withdraw ASAP. The Palestinians may have a long and troubled road ahead of them, but it's their road to travel. I used to think their road would be easier, since they had long exposure to our (far from perfect) democracy; I no longer think so.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 17th, 2002 11:14 am (UTC)

Re: Yes, they will win, but...

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like your overall analysis, but would you care to compare this proposed asap withdrawal to that which barak initiated in lebanon?

alisa.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 15th, 2002 05:54 pm (UTC)

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nathan cohen! is that a new record?

alisa.
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From:ijon
Date:April 16th, 2002 01:39 am (UTC)

Metronomica, 1992

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No. It's from his album Metronomica, published in 1992.

Some of his music is available at mp3.com.

P.S. Welcome to my journal.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 16th, 2002 06:04 am (UTC)

Re: Metronomica, 1992

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1992 is new to me: i left israel in 1990...now, am i confused here - is this nathan cohen from "the pure souls" back in the 70-ies?
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From:ijon
Date:April 18th, 2002 12:29 am (UTC)

Re: Metronomica, 1992

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Yes, the same Nathan Cohen.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 18th, 2002 05:44 am (UTC)

Re: Metronomica, 1992

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i feel old...
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