Navahos, Greeks and Israel

How’s THAT for a combination, eh?

Well, they all fit together. (Of course, I could have called this, two quotes and a moral, but I’m saving that title for a rainy day.)

Anyway, there are two sayings that struck me this morning, and they both apply to the situation in Israel – and in the rest of the world. The first one comes from the Navaho Indians:

You cannot awaken someone who pretends to be sleeping.

And, I’ll let Barry Rubin describe how it applies to the Middle East:

In other words, you cannot convince someone who is not merely mistaken but is deliberately lying. They have abandoned professional ethics, democratic and intellectual norms. They have embraced being propagandists and supporters of authoritarian and bloody regimes. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to everyone, and in those others are the hope for something better. It is those people, who honestly don’t realize that their leaders follow foolish policy, their newspapers all too often lie, and their universities (or at least significant sections of them) have abandoned the pursuit of truth in favor of the manufacture of lies.

Barry goes on to describe the categories of individuals that apply, illustrating the sheer insanity of what the people are doing vis a vis Israel and the Middle East. And, that brings me to my second quote, which is attributed to a really old Greek dude, Euripides:

Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first deprives of their senses.

Ain’t THAT tha truth?

And, we are seeing it worldwide, everywhere. The world has been deprived of its senses, and it has sent us on the path to destruction. It is both shocking and amazing that the world is destroying itself so thoroughly – especially when it didn’t have to happen.

This may sound strange, but it’s the truth. If Europe and America had sided with Israel the way that it should have, we would not be facing the threats that we face today. If we had just ASKED her opinion, and followed it!

Would we be suffering other problems? Of course, but nothing like we face today.

Anyway, here’s an excerpt from the Barry Ruben article that I quoted above:

The Insanity of the Middle East: A Handy Guide

By Barry Rubin October 24, 2011

Every day in the Middle East, terrible things take place. The worst are the material acts of violence and oppression. The second-worst are the lies and distortions of truth that help ensure things don’t get better. Every day in the West, the lies are echoed, amplified, and invented. This also helps ensure things don’t get better in the Middle East and that they do get worse in the West.

Now I’ve found, from the most unexpected place, a single sentence, an ancient proverb, that explains it all. It comes from the Navahos and it goes like this:
You cannot awaken someone who pretends to be sleeping.
In other words, you cannot convince someone who is not merely mistaken but is deliberately lying. They have abandoned professional ethics, democratic and intellectual norms. They have embraced being propagandists and supporters of authoritarian and bloody regimes. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to everyone, and in those others are the hope for something better. It is those people, who honestly don’t realize that their leaders follow foolish policy, their newspapers all too often lie, and their universities (or at least significant sections of them) have abandoned the pursuit of truth in favor of the manufacture of lies.
If that seems extreme, perhaps that means you fall into that last category of the decent but deceived. Let’s look at some specific cases.
We have no one else than ourselves to blame for the insanity that we experience today. We did it to ourselves.