re: #8 CuriousLurker
First I think we would have to untangle whether we are talking about Rachel Corrie the person or Rachel Corrie the symbol. I suspect that the topic is about Rachel Corrie the symbol. She is a symbol for several things. This would be one discussion, the nature of what she symbolizes.
Does she, as a person, deserve to be “demonized again and again with a fervor I usually see reserved only for the most notoriously brutal terrorists?”
No, but what about the almost universally acknowledged symbol of Rachel Corrie? The act of turning someone into a symbol is without question dehumanizing—but this has happened everywhere.
What is your interpretation of this symbol? You can’t ‘un-symbolize’ her anymore than you can un-ring a bell.