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Paradigm here, paradigm there, paradigm everywhere.

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Submitted by Isaac Haskiya (Denmark), Aug 18, 2010 at 14:03

Times change. People´s values change. The change is not the same everywhere. Paradigm A in the US cannot be imported by Europe. Paradigm B in Europe cannot be imported by Russia. If some Israeli thinkers have adopted the Inter-European globality paradigm that says "nations do not exist any longer", the following thought will be of course that Israel is no longer necessary. Easy to think and somewhat infantile in its logical basis that equates Europe with Israel. Once I studied that nations exist because the people speak the same language, have the same faith, share the same traditions and, above all, share the same territory.

If somebody clicked his fingers and made these criteria disappear then the Frenchman would trade his baguette for Chinese rice, the Italian would cut his spaghetti instead of rolling it onto a spoon with his fork, the British would drick 5-o´clock Turkish coffee and so on. Things are not that simple and changing paradigms someplace and applying it someplace else regardless of national customs and necessities may become something "not true, not useful, not necessary". Who was the Greek philosopher who said that about changing things a few thousand years ago? Why let others question the legitimacy of Israel? I question the existence of the EU which I think is a colossus on clay-feet but I also say it´s none of my business nor is Israel any business of theirs!

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