File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0103, message 79

Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2001 16:24:31 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: breathless Paulin (fwd)

Atar Hadari:
>The scandal was regarding Paulin's poem "Killed in
>Crossfire" which took the widely printed picture of a
>Palestinian boy being shot as the occasion to casually
>describe Israeli Defense Force soldiers as SS...
>...personally I
>found the poem cheap and exploitative. I wondered if
>anyone else had seen it or had thoughts about it?

I have not seen the poem so I cannot comment on it but I do find everything
about Israeli attitudes towards the Palestinians as being 'cheap and
exploitive', personally. Who gives a damn about the poem, its the
circumstances that gave rise to it that matter. And why not describe the
Israeli Defense Force as being SS when in similar situations around the world
the description would not raise an eyebrow. Say it loud and let the cruel
irony sink in, because it doesn't does it, it doesn't sink in. Depressing.

Tim A.


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