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How to Cure a Fanatic by Amos Oz
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Oct 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read from October 05 to 06, 2010 — I own a copy

It's not really as ambitious as its title, but this collection of two lectures and an interview is still worth a look. Oz tackles the longstanding dispute between Israel and Palestine with a wisdom and clarity that is refreshing. Does he solve the problem? Alas, no. Does he really sketch out a method to cure a fanatic? Again, he does not.

I'm certainly no expert on Middle Eastern politics, so I'm in no position to judge the viability or practicality of his suggestions, but what Oz writes feels right. I'll confess, however, that I was unconvinced by his "teaspoon" argument: that if there's a fire, we should do whatever we can to put it out, even if our only water-bearing vessel is a teaspoon. A teaspoon is about all I have, and using it to fight the conflagration of modern fanaticism feel purely futile.

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