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One thing I notice whenever any discussion arises ...

2010-07-04T10:32:47.324-05:00

One thing I notice whenever any discussion arises about Israeli politics is the very primitive level of logical fallacies in which people engage. The most ubiquitous of these is the fallacy of the complex question. Your post points out one example. There are millions more. A classic example is "do you believe X has done bad things, and therefore Y is a blameless victim who cannot be held responsible for anything?" It works both ways. People literally make things up and rewrite history when they are discussion the issue. For example, Israel argues that the blockade in Gaza is not so bad because apparently, markets there are overflowing with goods. Meanwhile, Palestinian documentaries declare that Arab countries only invaded Israel in 1948 after Israel drove out all the Palestinians. These are both distortions. It's entirely possible to recognize human rights abuses without agreeing that the country committing them should cease to exist and its inhabitants be driven into the sea.