I’ve been blighted by maddening computer problems over the past couple of weeks and have been almost entirely without Internet access (meaning no email, no news [I don't watch television], and no blogging). The problems seem to be solved, so there shouldn’t be any more radio silence. (She says naively.)
To get back into the swing of things, I’d like to refer you to an interesting post over at Daniel in Brookline‘s that addresses the curious cognitive dissonance of right-on American homosexuals who reflexively support Palestine, where open homosexuality is an invitation to discrimination, abuse, violence and possibly death, against Israel, which has a thriving gay scene in which both Jewish and Arab homosexuals are free to be what they are and express themselves honestly without fear of state-sanctioned reprisal. Aside from anything else, it’s the sheer dopey predictability of such a mindless political position — a position that’s utterly divorced from the reality on the ground — that makes me throw up my hands in exasperation.
Rather than work myself into a state explaining the inanity of such a position, I’ll leave it to Paul Varnell at the Independent Gay Forum (cited by Daniel), who makes the point clearly and well. I’ll just add the postscript that this business falls in with my oft-repeated observation that chunks of the far left appear curiously without imagination. I’d hazard a guess that these demonstrators, for example, have never seriously imagined a world other than their own, in which political opinions no matter how indefensible can be expressed with blithe abandon and same-sex sexual preference can be displayed without fear. I doubt the placard-waving woman in the “Dykes From Hell” T-shirt has spent much time contemplating what would happen to her if she woke up one day as a Muslim woman in Ramallah.
One might suppose that any reasonably thoughtful person would be capable of imagining the reality of being snatched from your home, humiliated, physically and psychologically tortured, and forced into exile on pain of death, with the full approval of the state and no defense or help from any quarter. One might further suppose that people who would themselves be subjected to this treatment because of, say, their eye color, or their mother’s religion, or their height, or their sexual preference would be unlikely to blanketly defend the offending regime. One would be wrong.