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“Not all fights are worth having. Some things don’t matter. Others are puerile and ought to be beneath rational adult discourse. If a fellow adult approaches you on the street, looks you straight in the eye and tells you that his daddy is richer, stronger, more attractive than, or otherwise superior to your daddy, the proper response is none at all.
This intuitive wisdom, usually learned on the playground, is often blithely ignored in clashes over politics and identity. Some if it can be chalked up to what I’ve started calling McFly’s Law – the almost irrepressible desire to respond to any affront, regardless of how silly it is, lest it go visibly unanswered. In other cases it is more inexplicable.
But in the case of the Israelis and the Palestinians, this irrational aversion to looking away takes on a hysterical and existential ardor. It is a reflection of the fetishization of the conflict and dangerous fantasies of total victory, and with that the obviation of any need to compromise. The conflict ceases to be a local tragedy and transforms into a pervasive force that penetrates seemingly unrelated areas of contemporary life, history, and culture.”
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