Sunday, 16 July 2006

Out of proportion

The world is clearly outraged by the disproportionate use of force that the state of Israel in its current round of retaliation both in Palestine and in Lebanon.
Not wishing to underestimate the provocation from Hamas and Hezbollah, it seems nevertheless like retaliation a hundredfold against anyone who stands in their way. I do not in any way subscribe to the Lex Talionis (here), but I do not believe that Holy Writ in any way condones for those who do promote it ....a hundred eyes for an eye, a thousand teeth for a tooth....
That responmse must be named for what it is and that is not retribution but rather bullying and injustice.
The much vaunted concept of "hubris"---does anyone know what it means anymore would seem to be what is the besetting sin of the state of Israel

Aristotle defined hubris as follows:

Hubris consists in doing or saying things that cause shame to the victim,
not in order that anything may happen to you, nor because anything has
happened to you, but merely for your own gratification. Hubris is not the
requital of past injuries; this is revenge. As for the pleasure in hubris, its
cause is this: men think that by ill-treating others they make their own
superiority the greater.
This does not seem to me to be what Adonai Elohenu calls us to be and do.

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