The Logical Fallacy of Comparing Gaza to Greece

 

Expressing opinion in public
Expressing opinion in public

I found an obscure op-ed dated 9 July 2015. The opinion by an editorial board: Gaza and Greece are comparable. Offhand I can think of two points for comparison: both border the Mediterranean, both begin with the letter “G.”  GAZA NEEDS WHAT GREECE IS GETTING. thePretty much published on the first anniversary of the 51 Day War, also known as Operation Protective Shield.

The fantasyland of eternal bailouts. The fantasyland of eternal hatred.

The ultimate lesson about Greece is not economic, it’s about Fantasyland. Greece has lived in Fantasyland — just like Gaza.

Greece’s fantasyland is the free lunch. Gaza’s fantasyland is the attitudinal free lunch: hatred without consequences.

The Greek fantasy is the supply of money as automatic as the laws of nature.

The Gaza fantasy is the end of Israel despite the laws of nature.

The Greek fantasy is pensions, wages, holidays, insurance, subsidies, welfare, all based on funds from outside Greece, without limit.

The Gaza fantasy is the destruction of Israel based on  random missile fire and terror tunnels.

The Greeks fight the laws of production. The Gazans fight the laws of decency and self-interest.

The Greeks are finding out the hard way that big bailouts are not forever.

The Gazans need to find out that hatred forever will not destroy Israel.

The Greeks are finding out that there is no way to economic strength other than work, discipline and the end of ridiculous policies, such as huge pensions tied to early retirement.

The Gazans need to find out that there is no path to social achievement other than tolerance, political pluralism and religious freedom.

The Greek bluff was called.

Excellent symbol.

Now the Gaza bluff needs to be called: no more “humanitarian assistance” when it is basic humanitarianism, i.e., the end of the hatred of Jews and Israelis, that Gazans need to cultivate.

Greece banked on the fear of others to let Greece fail. For this, Greece is failing.

Gaza banks on the blindness of others to the true cause of their suffering: themselves. For this, Gaza wins sympathy around the world, yet continues its suffering.

Greece is now getting a dose of reality. Gaza is long overdue for a dose of reality.

Greece turned its good people against the necessary pain and pleasure of hard work, economic reform and national self-reliance.

Gaza turns its people toward the unnecessary pain of dead Gaza children as the inevitable consequence of placing them in harm’s way.

Greece is learning: It is not someone else’s job to fix the mess it created.

Gaza needs the very lesson that Greece is learning: Its poverty is of its own making, not someone else’s responsibility to fix.

Greece is learning: Fantasyland cannot last forever. The day of reckoning inevitably arrives.

Ditto, Gaza.

Greece’s fantasyland is the free lunch

Gaza’s fantasyland is the attitudinal free lunch: hatred without consequences.

Greece is learning: It is not someone else’s job to fix the mess it created.

Gaza needs the very lesson that Greece is learning: Its poverty is of its own making, not someone else’s responsibility to fix.

No. It's not OK to place Greece and Gaza in the same headline
No. It’s not OK to place Greece and Gaza in the same headline

 

Author: Bill Ziegler

Master of Arts Degree: Germanic Languages and Literatures. Master of Arts Degree: Geography. Certified Teacher of German Language. Functional specification writer for databases Logistics Chain for Automotive Concern: Technical Specification for a Filtering System: Translated a German patent for a steel-drum facility Translated terms and conditions (Allgemeine Geschäftsbedingungen) Taught German language and culture kindergarten to advanced. Designed curricula Cincinnati Waldorf School Created programs using PL/SQL, Oracle, Unix, Visual Basic, Cleaned data for the P&G Commercial Products Group. Developed program to establish optimal vendor routes Designed IVR call-in for field agents to detect scheduling problems and determine their location. Designed programs to maintain a vendor database in an SAP application for product supply from a single pilot plant with 1,300 records to 40 plant locations with 45,000 records. Developed programs to identify specifically critical data errors and potentially duplicated records.

2 thoughts on “The Logical Fallacy of Comparing Gaza to Greece”

  1. Wow. The Intermountain Jewish News “opinion” was really a piece of work. Separately misinterpret two unrelated situations then apply a “comparison” that doesn’t make sense even if you bought the incorrect analysis.

    There was a time that I would have thought that this kind of screed might embarrass American supporters of Israel. But extremists have occupied the entire field. I recall during the 1967 war watching Abba Eban carefully try to justify Israel’s position under international law before international organizations. That time is long gone. The tactic now is to de-legitimize all Israel’s “enemies.” And someone is an “enemy” if he has any inclination to do something other than what Israel wants right now. There is no thought of agreement. In fact, Israel has gone so far beyond its ability to negotiate that it vilifies anyone who suggests it. At one time Menachem Begin was at the right end of the Israeli political spectrum. Today he wouldn’t even get a hearing in the Likkud Party.

    Things may be beginning to change, however. Not by any relenting by the hardliners in Israel and their American supporters, however. But rather by a gradual shift in American public opinion. Israel cannot continue its policies towards the Palestinians without the help of the US, the only country that backs Israel’s policies down the line. (Administrations have said they favor a two state solution, but none have done anything that could have brought it about.) The rightwing Israel lobby suffered two enormous defeats recently: Congress refusing to support military action against Assad in Syria and Congressional Democrats breaking with AIPAC to support the Iran nuclear deal. In both cases the hardliners in Israel and their right wing American supporters overplayed their hand. AIPAC once had the kind of lobbying power that only the NRA could match. Now that the mystique is dispelled. Provided the GOP does not win the White House and a filibuster-proof Senate, there might be some real pressure put on Israel from here.

    What Israel did and is continuing to do in Gaza is a crime against humanity. Israel des not look like it is going to change soon. It’s time, however, that we get on the right side of history.

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    1. Thank you for the kind, thoughtful and well considered comment. The Gaza – Greece set of comparisons really do drop the jaw. I hope that this piece by their Editorial Staff is as an outlier at the edge of rant’s cliff.

      I began studying the state of the States several years after the events of 1967 as a student of geography. Yes, 1967 was a very different time, yet only two decades removed from 1948. The world theater clouded by Johnson’s War in the days of Nixon, Kent State…

      Interesting how Germany was seemingly divided for all time after WWII, Israel and Palestine united in the same geography, two semitic peoples with the same patriarch hating each other as only brothers can. These should now be distant memories rather than a dystopia in a distant time and place: 2015.
      I also hope AIPAC finds that it can no longer move pawns from both sides of the board.

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