To that end, I have begun to confront my own "biases, opinions and judgments," and have come to accept that I suffer from what can only be Islamophobia. Because on practically a daily basis, I imagine there are news reports detailing horrors all over the world — car bombings, suicide bombings, even air planes crashing into buildings — and in every case, Muslims are the ones executing these acts. Isn't that awful of me? Charting a path to my own self-actualization, then, I placed myself into therapy, knowing that the problem must be inside myself and that if I just heal my own mind, all these horrors will stop and peace will prevail.
I am now also open to the possibility that Palestinians aren't responsible for exploding Jews at all. Just look at the disparity between these two Reuters headlines: "Israel Kills Three Militants" vs. "Bus Blows Up in Central Jerusalem." In other words, the Jews are suffering too, but apparently what they suffer from is spontaneous combustion.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Julia Gorin shows how effective satirical writing can be done in her essay, "Why some of my best friends are anti-Semites." Here is a sample.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 3:53 PM