October 13, 2023
At our company, the big boss posted some politically correct, impartial, and non-judgmental thoughts on Israel's war against Hamas. Below the boss' thoughts people began to comment, and it didn't take long before the conversation got somewhat heated. Contrary to the spirit of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, our corporate denizens, instead of continuing to moderate the conversation, simply shut the conversation down.
Our company's employees mirror those of companies across America. A healthy majority rightly stand with Israel, and a stalwart vocal minority try to split hairs between Palestinians and the leadership they elected in 2006. In demanding that we "pray for the Palestinians," the minority argues that the Palestinian people bear no moral culpability for the actions of Hamas — Palestinians are just innocent bystanders. This argument is of course very problematic, but why it is so and the degree of moral culpability that a people assume for their elected leaders are questions for another day.
What I'd like to focus on here is the reasons given for shutting the discussion down. Obviously I can't post the comments from our leadership verbatim, but I'd like to hone in on several key themes and respond to those.
That we struggle with what to say and do as we witness tragic loss of life...
People with a properly-functioning moral compass aren't struggling here — but the morally confused do. Hamas just butchered hundreds of Israeli men, women, children, and babies. That is what Hamas does. They do it while they chant "allahu akbar!" meaning "god is great!" They have been doing this for decades. It is in their charter to destroy Israel. As a result and in response to this latest act of brazen international terrorism, Israel finally and formally declared war on Hamas — which it has every moral right to do as a sovereign state. That's just stating the obvious and simple truth.
While considered in a moral vacuum the loss of life is tragic, leaders of corporate America don't want to say what their employees already know. This isn't a tragedy. An earthquake is a tragedy. A car accident is a tragedy. This was a deliberate human act of cold-blooded mass murder because Hamas wants to exterminate Jews — their bible says "kill the Jews," they teach their children to be Jew-haters, and they say they love death more than Israel loves life.
We need to better understand the "complex topics" that affect our world...
One side wants the other side dead. There is nothing complex about that.
Our people are not okay, and we've got mental health counselors standing by...
It is inimical to freedom when a frank, candid, and yes sometimes heated exchange of ideas becomes a therapeutic or medical issue where the solution is not more debate but shutting down speech by saying "you're not okay" and suggesting medical or mental health personnel treat those who "aren't okay." The underlying implication is that people are expected to take no side, to remain morally neutral, not to engage in discussion except for platitudes about "how tragic" this is and the "impact on communities" and so forth — that's okay. But corporate denizens don't want people to talk about what caused war to be declared. You can't talk about who's right and who's wrong. And if you do, well then that's "hurtful" and we have to shut things down because "people aren't okay" and need a "safe space." Here's a number to call to talk to a shrink and don't forget your meds...
Enough is enough. Americans have had it with corporations' therapeutic bullshit.
Let's cut to the chase here. Israel stands in the breach between civilization and sadistic cruelty. Palestinians have sown the wind and now they will reap the whirlwind. I have watched terrorism in the the Middle East unfold for 40 years and every single time, without exception, it is the same religion — islam — animating the same bloodthirsty murderers — the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, ISIS... — to commit the same atrocities — torture and mass-murder of the innocent in unimaginably horrible ways. This pattern is clear, obvious, and unmistakable. So yes, I'm okay! I don't need a mental health professional. We need companies to moderate these discussions — instead of shutting them down, and not to punish employees for expressing views opposing the company's view.
And the world sorely needs Israel to put an end to Hamas once and for all. Then we'll all be more okay.