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a useful analogy

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Submitted by Charles Martel (United States), Jun 21, 2015 at 22:12

Imagine living in a tiny New York City studio apartment, with furniture that would do nicely for most Barbie doll collections. Now look next door to your neighbor living on his 32-room mansion on twelve acres. But picture this neighbor waging an endless campaign of terror against you designed to force you to cede precious square footage from your minuscule studio apartment. Each time you do so you're promised that your sacrifice will bring peace and your neighbor will finally leave you alone.

In pursuit of this elusive goal you've already carved up your living space so drastically that your bathroom is also your kitchen. But it's never enough and now your mansion-dwelling neighbor threatens to unleash yet another round of misery down upon your head if you don't bend to his will. You bring the matter to the judicial powers that be, but against all common sense it is found that you are the aggressor and your neighbor, the injured party. Imagine all of this and more. And you still won't fully comprehend the upside down, backwards, psychotic real politik Israel is forced to contend with. Every. Single. Day. Sound fair to you? Yeah. Me neither.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1Another conclusion I draw from this column [58 words]There is NO Santa ClausJun 28, 2015 08:39223975
a useful analogy [197 words]Charles MartelJun 21, 2015 22:12223895
You say the West sees black and white and the Middle East sees all the shades of grey yet... [541 words]LynnApr 4, 2015 13:43222644
1The Jewish people war of survival was not won when Hitler lost. It continues to this day [173 words]YJ DraimanMar 15, 2015 18:27222336
Excessive Focus On Israel [120 words]DaveMar 15, 2015 16:00222334
Great observation with clear and present danger in Iranian context [110 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
asokMar 15, 2015 03:51222326
Israeli-Arab Conflict NOT to be Resolved on the World's Terms - America Notwithstanding [417 words]M. ToveyMar 16, 2015 12:01222326
Arena politics vs Projection politics [149 words]David ScholemMar 14, 2015 08:46222317
Very Insightful, but not Universal [92 words]AlexMar 13, 2015 18:32222311
Belief of the conspiracy teory [36 words]CzeslawMar 12, 2015 04:20222297
Progressives hate the idea of "nations" - Period. [164 words]Uncle VladdiMar 11, 2015 21:43222295
Unfair apples-to-oranges comparison [142 words]Dan SimonMar 11, 2015 18:36222293
Sobering [5 words]Jay AbouafMar 11, 2015 17:44222291
1American Arabs may be more anti-Israel than Middle East Arabs, but American Jews go both ways [171 words]Alan SteinMar 11, 2015 15:48222288
Why do Israelis seem ambivalent concerning Iran? [206 words]Michael S.Mar 13, 2015 04:43222288
1Karpman Drama Triangle [404 words]Jonathan CareyMar 13, 2015 13:55222288
1Bullying has nothing to do with the conflict [126 words]Michael SMar 17, 2015 15:37222288
3I like this article [370 words]Michael S.Mar 11, 2015 12:54222285
1Consider this! [321 words]There is NO Santa ClausJun 28, 2015 08:54222285
Kickenjudenaustheirlandenheit and Antisemitism [2168 words]Michael SJul 3, 2015 04:25222285
The master of the divisions have found the additional line of the opposition. [79 words]PermReaderMar 11, 2015 12:00222283

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