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"Implausible" doesn'tt mean "impossible"

Reader comment on item: Not Stealing Palestine but Purchasing Israel
in response to reader comment: No, not all of them!

Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Jul 1, 2011 at 18:59

Dear Moshe ,

Thanks again for your kind comment.I agree with your statement :

> As such, you probably must be aware that the survival of the Jewish People during this unbelievably long exile, among most harsh conditions, and under almost uninterrupted persecution and harassment, is a unique and outstanding phenomenon in the History of Mankind.<

even though I have my doubts as to the conclusion :

>If this implausible survival in itself is not WINNING A WAR AGAINST REALITY, then what is?<

Let's be clear about what we mean by "wars on reality". To me it is an effort to do the impossible,e.g. to abolish or circumvent laws of nature or time.I assert you can't do an impossible thing. Blief in a victory against the greatest military war machine without any techonological advantage on your side, rooted in nebulous promises of the priests of a heavenly Meassiah as an excellent replacement for lacking military technology is an example of what I mean by "wars on reality". But winning e.g. the 1948 war relying on essential Soviet help and Chech weapons despite the US arms embago is an example of a different sort of war.Here no impossible thing is involved. The survival of Jews was surely a matter of low historical probability and I willingly admit the religion was a major force behind the fact.It was implausible no doubt but "implausible" doesn't mean "impossible". If you could ressurect all those 6 mln Jews lost between 1939-1945 you would do an impossible thing that could convince me you really can we win wars on reality. But I am afraid this is in principle impossible.

What I am driving at is that we can't and shouldn't abandon our common sense and rationalism and seek miracles in a world which knows none and punishes those that seek them at the expense of common sense and rationalism.

With best regards,


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