When a Jew Laughs

Barry Rubin has just produced a startlingly good piece, which he begins:

There’s a saying that goes something like this: When things are bad, a Jew cries. When they get even worse, a Jew cries more. And when they even get worse, a Jew laughs. As indelicate as this may seem, the current situation makes me want to laugh.

I’m not sure that I could have said it better. Actually, I’m not sure that I could have said it at all, being that I’m not Jewish myself. My own thieving Scottish ancestors weren’t nearly as educated, long suffering or even erudite. (Of course, Clan Little was writ large in the annals of history as some of the best light cavalry in Europe – which is what happens when you make a habit of stealing horses.)

The situation is so bad, so ludicrously bad, you have to laugh. And no, I’m not talking about my ridiculous Scottish ancestors. (They were undoubtedly superb at stealing sheep.)

Our response to our current situation is so awful that laughing is the only option. The alternative is a self-loathing so profound that we’d all need therapy and heavy sedation – that is, if a miracle happened and we all woke up to reality and discovered the mess we’d made.

Trust me. It’s better to laugh. Reality is overrated.

Here’s the first part of his article as it appeared in Pajamas Media:

The Middle East Today: Ha, Ha, Ha! Stop! It’s Too Funny! I Can’t Take It Any More!

October 15, 2011 – 9:20 pm – by Barry Rubin

There’s a saying that goes something like this: When things are bad, a Jew cries. When they get even worse, a Jew cries more. And when they even get worse, a Jew laughs. As indelicate as this may seem, the current situation makes me want to laugh.

That’s so because things are more ridiculous than they are scary. As the advice and claims of others get increasingly absurd, you have no desire to listen to them. You just have to do what you know is right and stop having any doubts about it precisely because the arguments on the other side are just so historically inaccurate, factually false, and illogical.

For those joining the story late–a group that seems to include Western politicians, media and academic “experts”–here’s a little background. In 1993, Israel made an agreement with the PLO to try to achieve peace. It turned over the Gaza Strip and much of the West Bank to a Palestinian government. Israel accepted the establishment of large security forces, the supply of guns, and the transfer of billions of dollars of aid.

Israel made major offers of territory and concessions to Syria and the Palestinian Authority in 2000, after almost a decade of negotiation. The other side rejected those compromise solutions. The Palestinian leadership instead launched a five-year-long war of terrorism. They lost. Then Israel was attacked by Hizballah. The world intervened and made promises to Israel. These were broken. Then Israel was attacked by Hamas. It defended itself. Again it won, but the world rushed in to save Hamas and to condemn Israel.

Read the rest of his article, here.

If the world and/or civilization last long enough, Europe and America will be the laughingstock of history. Just as we lampoon Neville Chamberlain‘s “Peace in our time”, they will lampoon us for out ‘enlightened’ treatment of the Nazis of our day.

Lets just hope that we all survive long enough to satirize our mistakes.