When I began writing novels in the 1990s, I studied the different types of stories that have been told throughout history. One of the most famous models is “Overcoming the Monster.” Think Disney films and Jaws. A shark terrorizes a beach community, and a brave but unsure police chief sets out on a high-seas adventure where he kills the beast. He returns to shore a battered but confident hero—no one roots for the Shark.
Do you think time is Israel's Achilles heel at this point? As each day passes, the significance of the events on Oct 7 seem to get buried in the current developments of the Israeli-Hamas war. I am not sure I have ever witnessed such a changing narrative, and it does not seem to me that Israel is able to manage the narrative anymore in the court of public opinion. I don't know if you have ever seen something similar when managing your corporate cases.
I like it, Dez. But (ha--yeah one of those) while this is your business, the consequences of this new shark winning again has much much more dire consequences than some corporation's bottom line being damaged. The flatly false but widespread belief in white male victimhood has a real chance of leading this country into civil war.
Now. That said, let's remember what Ben Franklin said when he heard the patriots over here (he was in France) had declared their independence: "What the fuck? It's not THAT bad, you ninnies...well, OK...if that's what yall want, I'll support it..." Earliest players of the victim card in the US (who then just happened to borrow their Bill of Rights and most of their Constitution from their "oppressors") were the fucking patriots of '76.