September 14, 2006
I Just Love Valid Analogies
When I see a new analogy, one I've never thought of before, I get stimulated. It is actually a bit of a rush. I found a few recently while making my daily rounds through the blogosphere.
I know too situations are never even close to being the same, but many situations today are others that have happened or are happening still. Many attempt to make analogies, but they base it on just one or two dubious points, like comparing Israelis/Jews to Nazis (the term "zionazi," for example) or comparing evolutionists to Hitler. In order for an analogy to be valid and have legs, the situation of both subjects being compared must be more similar than dissimilar.
The Palestinians are not similar to the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust. At no time were the Jews of Europe a physical threat to the Aryans. The Jews had the land they owned and their businesses taken from them because they were born Jews. They were gathered up and mostly murdered because they were born Jews. They were not given an option to peacefully within their own sovereign countries. They weren't even given the option of living in a land next to the sovereign countries who picked them out because they were born Jews. They didn't declare war against the Nazis. They didn't live for the destruction of Germany. Jews were punished for being Jews. In the West Bank, Arabs are being punished for trying to push Israel into the sea. They are being punished for their own bad choices.
My recent post on the analogy of evolutionists and Hitler.
Now back to the new analogies I discovered.
In the comments in one of Steve's terrorist apologizing blog Digitally Deranged, Mad Zionist came up with a good one regarding radical Islam and those who state that the West creates more enemies by going after terrorists, an argument that I find all over the Lefty Moonbat blogsites. MZ said that when the Allies took out Japan and Germany (who were out for world dominance like Islam today) during World War 2, the objective was to elimate the enemy, at least elimate the enemies ideology. Well, even though many innocents were killed (especially in Japan), the strategy worked. The war ended. But because the Allies were dealing with fundamentally normal rational human beings, resentment by the Germans and Japanese, didn't result in any further actions against the Allies: In other words, no Nazis or terrorists were created. Why does the Moonbat left buy the Muslim excuse? Why do the Moonbats find the Muslim excuse, that eliminating the enemy that Radical Islam is, to be an acceptable one? Are the Moonbats in fact accepting that Muslims are neither rational or normal? Maybe the Lefties should take an introspective look at what you are saying.
Another great analogy was done by Elder of Ziyon, who made a fantastic point that radical Islamists and their supporters don't think like democratic West thinks. To sum up his article, he states that terrorists and their supporters have a zero sum game mentality. They only get happy when Israel is sad for example. They get sad by the same amount that Israel gets happy. In other words, they don't think that Israel and the Palestinians can both get happier. Happiness in the region is a fixed amount. Read the post, I can tell that if I keep explaining this I am going to blurt out stuff about Arab assmonkeys again.
Roya, in the comment section of her Atheist Girl blog, gives great reasons why the Palestinian terrorists are not like the IRA:
...there is a difference between Islamo-facist groups like Hezbollah and Hamas, and groups like IRA and PKK.
The former two,
1. do not recognise the right of existance of their adversories
2. Their aim is simply to destroy their adverseries rather than to help their own people.
The later two,
1. accept the right of their adversories for existance
2. and are not driven by the aim of destroying their adversaries but to do what is best for their own people.
She also compares the Kurds today of the Jews prior to the formation of Israel by quoting a Kurdish journalist:
"The Kurds of today are the Jews of decades and centuries ago. They are divided by different foreign oppressors. Some of them are forgetting their own language. Many of them are in exile. The Kurds, like the Jews, strive to live in peace with their neighbors and establish a democratic nation-state of their own. The Kurds, like the Jews, are also surrounded by “neighbors” who may hate each other but can call agree on one thing –a common cause in opposing any and all aspirations of the Jewish and Kurdish nations. "
Atlas Shrugs recently posted a speech by Netanyahu where he rips the BBC a new one, when he fairly compares the recent Lebanon war to the actions Britain took against Nazi Germany. Watch, enjoy. It is full of great analogies: