Boiling policies and their problems down to "religious fanatics" on either side is exactly what the media would prefer us to believe. Buying that line makes us all blind. Israelis, for one, aren't religious fanatics. They're not even that religious as a group. They're nationalists who live like nationalists and act like nationalists no matter how many times they try to wrap a religion up in their nationalism to invoke our guilty conscience about things we should be congratulated for ending not goaded and guilt tripped for causing. Zionists might as well be atheist or agnostic or Christian. You don't have to be a Jew to be a Zionist, just ask Joe "I am a Zionist" Biden.
The people suddenly so angry (for the very first time ever!) about a video they never even saw hadn't been "extremists" either, though they already had plenty of reasons to be the "extremists" despite how off the media's radar they must remain. The blowback from our policies is always buried deliberately by the mainstream media so that we never hear from the common, ordinary everyday person on the street in the Middle East about how our neck-rubbing with their rulers effects their lives for the worse, even though we write thousands of words speaking for them as if they're one homogenous stereotype. And when they do speak out, when we do reach out and speak to these beautiful people, that's the "propaganda" according to the Zionists.
It's a moral and intellectual cop-out to focus on some singular characteristic that others have that just so happens to be different from our own, a convenient little change of subject that becomes the default excuse to ignore the unacceptable conditions these people have put up with for far too long.
It's the same ages-old rallying cry. It's the same for all people. "Who are we? Are we the hapless pawns of the ______? No! We are _______." Even when the words in the blanks happen to be West/Muslims or Israelis/Palestinians.
Edited by Yamato, 05 October 2012 - 11:54 PM.