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December 10, 2006
About the "cycle of violence" theory:
One way of looking at the continued
dispute between Israel and Palestine
is that there's a "cycle of
violence" -- each side sees itself
as responding to a wrong inflicted
by the other side.
Two equal partners in a
There's an objection to this, in
that it ignores the possibility
that one side might really be at
fault, or perhaps "more at fault".
For example, the Noam Chomsky
take on the situation is that
the fault for "sabotaging the I used to think
peace process" lies largely that was an
with Israel. "extreme" point
of view. I've
Given this, then the since come to
superficially reasonable believe it's all
cycle-of-violence point of too plausible.
view can actually be an
impediment to actually
understanding the problem.
An application of
"The pursuit of balance can
create imbalance because
sometimes something is true."
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