To drink, or not to drink?

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

Like all good Americans should, I have exported some culture.  The world now contains three Israelis who know how to play Whales Tales.  Khag Sameakh!
 
The day after Purim, a Jewish holiday in which the celebrant is commanded by law to drink until he or she can no longer distinguish between the names "Mordekhai" and "Haman," I visited the west bank town of Jericho, which is the longest continually inhabited human settlement in the world (est. 9000 BC), and boasts a theme park called banana land.  Without exception, despite whatever may have been brewing under the surface, all the Palestinians I met were quite friendly, open, and happy to chat.  An intriguing thought occurred to me.
 
Since the Qu'ran forbids it, most Muslim Palestinians do not drink. 
 
I probably would not want to be caught wandering around as an obvious outsider in any American city with a 30 percent unemployment rate and an ideological grudge against most of the stuff I'm associated with.  As I strolled through Jericho, however, I was quite reassured to know that with all things considered, nobody was likely to be drunk.
 
What, I wonder, would things be like if Palestinians drank like Harvard students?  The territories would certainly be much, much more dangerous for the likes of me.
 
What about the political situation?  With booze conflicting with patience and planning, infighting might be more common, organization worse, and things might look good for the Israelis. 
 
But on the other hand, a mix of drunken courage and impaired judgment can lead to problems, as most of you know.  A young man who would normally stay home might have other plans after a few drinks.
 
Would the problem have burned itself out by now?  Would sinful releases diffuse the focus of the Palestinian people?  Would things be worse for Israel?  Would things be worse for Palestine?  Could things be better?
 
Who knows...who knows.
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eardolino
eardolino on

The Impact of Sobriety on Israeli/Palestinian Rela
Wow! How anthropological of you! It's good to know that the most annoying and useless thing about me has rubbed off on you like chopped garlic through open pores. See, it's a good thing you deselected a social science education becuase you wouldn't have learned anything you don't already know. But really what most concerns me is what you finally ended up wearing on Purim. ;)

jonez5000
jonez5000 on

to drink!
hey suj. its like 2:00 am. im just writing to let you know that jarl is completely wasted. i dragged him halfway into the house.
2ndly i ran into a guy whose face reminds me so much of emily if she were a guy. it was amazing. he acted kind of like her too. just had this nice happy face thing going on. it was a fuckin trip.
hope all is well!

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