December 26, 2007

Israel has nutty academics just like the U.S. does

Via Taranto comes word of an Israeli's "study" which shows "that the lack of IDF rapes of Palestinian women is designed to serve a political purpose."

The abstract of the paper, authored by doctoral candidate Tal Nitzan, notes that the paper shows that "the lack of organized military rape is an alternate way of realizing [particular] political goals."

The next sentence delineates the particular goals that are realized in this manner: "In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can be seen that the lack of military rape merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences - just as organized military rape would have done."

The paper further theorizes that Arab women in Judea and Samaria are not raped by IDF soldiers because the women are de-humanized in the soldiers' eyes.

I tell 'ya, you just gotta love that Ivory Tower sometimes. So, here's what we have: Whether IDF soldiers do rape or don't rape Arab women, either way the action (or lack thereof) "merely strengthens the ethnic boundaries and clarifies the inter-ethnic differences." Uh huh. And then, I certainly would've figured that the brutal action of raping a woman would serve to "dehumanize" her instead of not raping her.

A local media outlet asks, "Can't it just be that Israeli soldiers come from a culture that very much condemns rape? And why not mention the much-touted 'purity of arms,' i.e., the high moral conduct, of the Israeli Army?"

Ah, but you see, that is much too simplistic an answer! You're dealing with the modern academy which touts, among other "enlightened" ideas, "postmodernism" which usually requires a cipher on par with that required for the famous Enigma machine. The difference is that Enigma actually carried information whereas postmodernist "thought" frequently only disseminates utter crap.

Posted by Hube at December 26, 2007 07:43 PM | TrackBack

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In related news a University of Delaware study says that driving sober is just as dangerous as driving drunk. When you're drunk you cannot react quickly enough and your judgment is impaired. When you're sober you tend not to pay attention very closely because you don't feel that you have to.

Posted by: Duffy at December 27, 2007 10:04 AM