Thanks for the link, will watch.
Steve - very good insight. Thanks.
My exposure to American culture goes far beyond how myself and other Westerners get exposed to Asian cultures. I've been to the U.S. twice in my life, month+ each time, and lived in the home of two American families for a week each (Tennessee). My uncle has been living in the states lecturing as a professor of Biomedical Engineering for over 20 years. American culture IS my culture - I'd dare say that about 50% of 'culture' among secular Israelis, if not more, is Western culture (as in non-Jewish), and most of it is Americanized in Israel's case. My mother was a private English teacher, and I have for years now been reading almost exclusively in English, apart from news and law cases (and I read a lot). Most of the movies I watch, the series I see and the music I listen to are American. I've also personally known countless Americans in my lifetime, with one having been my guest sleeping in my room for 2 weeks just recently. You cannot compare me to an American who has been studying Chinese or Japanese cultures from a distance. This is not the same case at all.
I also know very well of the good things happening in America. It just wasn't the topic of discussion, so I didn't think things like charity were related. I have adopted American culture exactly because it has many bright sides to it. I have not at all intended to attack it in general. I was very specifically addressing the issues with crime and psychopaths. I am sorry if I have offended you, but mine was not the intention to bash your culture or Americans. I love this country and I wrote what I did out of a real concern to what's happening.
I am well aware of the extreme exaggerations of the U.S. media. I am actually exposed to LESS violence in the U.S. than you do, since I don't watch or read U.S. news every day.
With all due respect to that psycho Goldstein and is horrendous actions, the fact remains that he's probably the only case in Israel's history that this has happened (by Jews). Additionally, similar, smaller-scale murders have always been religious or criminal based, and never a Jew-on-Jew thing. There are no mass-shooting or serial killers in Israel, and as far as I can remember, there probably hadn't been a serial rapist in quite a few years. Interloper's argument doesn't hold up either in my opinion, since that even at 8 million people, there should still be such criminals at large if this was a natural human phenomenon that one can see everywhere.
I'm not trying to say Israel is the best place in the world. We have other issues no less bothersome than your own, believe me. In many ways, the U.S. is a more enlightened place than Israel. I was making a comparison for the sake of seriously asking - what's up with those phenomenon in the U.S.? I was trying to fetch a psychological/sociological answer to that one, since I believe it's more probable that the answer lies in these fields of study. While it might be true, too, that most of these people have committed their mass-murders out of 'mental issues', I believe there must be a reason this has been happening so much over the last 30 years, and that they choose similar modes of action.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/201 ... otings-map
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