In The Los Angeles Times, Joel Stein pooh-poohs mass peanut hysteria:
We did agree that it is strange how peanut allergies are only an issue in rich, lefty communities.
“We don’t see this problem much in African American or poor communities. So there’s something going on here. We don’t see them in Ecuador and Guatemala,” Christakis said.
A study of Jews of similar demographics and genetics in Britain and Israel found that British kids were 10 times more likely to have peanut allergies than Israelis. That’s probably because Israeli kids have other things to be afraid of.
Indeed. They’ve got real nuts that really are trying to kill them. Speaking of which, this snippet from Gaza in The New York Times gets to the heart of the matter:
“Why are you so happy?” this reporter asked. “Look around you.”
A girl who looked about 18 screamed as a surgeon removed shrapnel from her leg. An elderly man was soaked in blood. A baby a few weeks old and slightly wounded looked around helplessly. A man lay with parts of his brain coming out. His family wailed at his side.
“Don’t you see that these people are hurting?” the militant was asked.
“But I am from the people, too,” he said, his smile incandescent. “They lost their loved ones as martyrs. They should be happy. I want to be a martyr, too.”
Hamas is a mental illness masquerading as a nationalist movement. When I was at Gitmo a couple of years back, one of the most philosophically interesting moments came during a conversation with the camp’s mental health doctors on how you tell when a suicide bomber is feeling depressed.