Posted by: r.m. | January 22, 2009

the power of language

simplicity can be quite powerful, and Mark Steel does it again. Here are my favorite lines from his last article. Read it in full, though.

“if the Israelis think the Hamas rockets are as lethal as they say, why don’t they swap their F-16 fighters and Apachehelicopters for a few of them?

“if Israel gave Hamas a few planes and tanks and helicopters, they could probably be persuaded to shut down those tunnels that seem to be the cause of such bad feeling.”

and

“Despite all this there might be one cheery sign, which is that never before have so many people seen through the Israeli government’s excuses for handing out mass destruction. The demonstrations in support of Palestinians have been bigger than ever before, and even the United Nations and the Wall Street Journal have suggestedIsrael has committed war crimes. One poll in America suggested that 60 per cent of people opposed the bombardment, and the change of opinion reached the point that an Israeli diplomat has admitted that “The harm to civilians in Gaza is causing us huge damage.”

Maybe, best of all, was genetics expert Steven Rose who appeared on Radio 4’s Today programme to talk about a new study that’s located “morality spots”, the part of the brain that deals with our morality. Asked how we could know whether this was true, he said in a marvellously posh academic Radio 4 voice “Well we could test the brains of the Israeli cabinet and see if they’ve got no morality spots whatsoever.”


Responses

  1. I have the test results>>>> absolute flat line… the exception confirms the rule.
    On a more serious and desperate note, the author is so right about the good signs he sees in the shift in the world’s public opinion. It’s not a second too early.
    How much horror does it take? -I am genuinely looking for an answer to this question!-


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