Thursday, November 17, 2005

Compromising on Terror May Be A Thor Point

Israel's dealing with terrorism reminds me of the beginning of John Gardner's book On Moral Fiction. I found the excerpt on David Poyer's website:

"It was said in the old days that every year Thor made a circle around Middle-earth, beating back the enemies of order. Thor got older every year, and the circle occupied by gods and men grew smaller. The wisdom god, Woden, went out to the king of the trolls, got him in an armlock, and demanded to know of him how order might triumph over chaos.

"'Give me your left eye,' said the king of the trolls, "And I'll tell you."
Without hesitation Woden gave up his left eye. "Now tell me."

The troll said, "The secret is, Watch with both eyes!"'

Israel just seems too willing to sacrifice too much of itself in the interests of peace and security. The fact that terrorists and their supporters appear at the UN and on the White House lawn does not change what they are--and they ask for far too much, and Israel cannot afford to let its guard down.

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