Rachel Corrie and her Dedication to Peace

CuriousLurker9/01/2012 12:29:29 pm PDT

re: #7 SanFranciscoZionist

Following Corrie’s accidental death she was deliberately and and aggressively marketed as a martyr, murdered by the evil IDF. This marketing included books, plays, ships named for her…her name became a rallying cry for the same people who taught her their warped version of history and their twisted version of ‘peace activism’, and encouraged her to play chicken with bulldozers in the brush.

She was undoubtedly an idealist, but if she wanted to help the Palestinian people, she chose a (fatally) bad group to pin her hopes on. That’s about as kind as I can be. Dreadful judgment and the arrogance of youth should not be a death sentence, but they sometimes are.

About the ISM, I won’t be kind. They are horrible people.

I can’t speak for the others, but the viciousness with which this young woman is attacked in death is shocking to me. She was young, in way over her head, and made some very bad choices. She paid with her life.

Yet that doesn’t seem to be sufficient punishment—her name is dragged out and she is scorned & demonized again and again with a fervor I usually see reserved only for the most notoriously brutal terrorists.

Why? It makes no sense to me. It seems way out of proportion. You mentioned martyrdom & marketing—is that it? Has the marketing campaign been extremely successful, so successful that an especially vicious & dehumanizing response is required to counteract its effectiveness? Because that’s the only thing that would make the level of venom directed at her seem even remotely “logical” to me.