Just when I was starting to question whether or not I’ve become too passive with my opinions, something re-ignited my ire.
As I recently watched the images of Palestinians mourning over their dead friends and family, I snapped – but probably not for the reason you might think.
When people were wailing, thrashing about, beating their chests and appearing to be so overcome with grief that death looked like the absolute worst result ever, I didn’t well up with sympathy. Instead, I wondered why there are no qualms of inflicting that same suffering on a nation of people with who they don’t share beliefs.
With all of the political correctness that pervades society today, it is really difficult to hold a strong opinion anymore without drawing intense heat. If you’re asked your take on something and go against the popular viewpoint, social media can ratchet up the pressure until you lose your job and become a public scourge. A pariah.
With that being said, I think we are near a tipping point where I can’t stay silent anymore. In fact, I almost want to scream my opinion like the Palestinians screaming over their dead.
Being neither neither Arab nor Jewish, I have no direct attachment to either side, but I’ve become increasingly appalled at any culture that seems to foster hate. While it is certainly not applicable to everyone in that culture, I believe there is a difference between having cultural differences and looking to erase a group of people from existence. A vast majority of Arab nations might treat women like second-class citizens and live by a code that is hard to understand.
I disagree with that, but realize it is tough to do anything about it. It seems that when they try to impose that culture on others, it should bring an outcry from the rest of the world. If the Arab world cannot come together to change, then I don’t think it should be considered taboo to call them out on their hate and intolerance.
The hell with political correctness: sometimes simple correctness should win.
In 2006, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, delivered this iconic quote: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war .”
In 2014, that quote still rings true and sadly, I don’t see it changing anytime soon. Anyone who feels they have the right to eliminate an enemy based on beliefs isn’t going to change quickly or easily. Somebody needs to say that and I’ll neither be apologetic nor shy to be the one.
You can reach Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org to freely speak.