Tuesday 1 February 2011

"We should bring down the Israeli government!" - Those lefties again...

An Israeli diplomat called Ishmael Khaldi was invited to the university, and today he gave a talk on Israel and security. I say again, a diplomat, more, a Bedouin Arab, Israeli diplomat came to speak on the issue of security in the middle east and his life as a diplomat (as well as maybe talk about his book, not that he got the chance).

The left came out in force, no banners though, but still they came to heckle and insult and generally disrupt everyone else. What did it achieve? Nothing, everyone else saw them as the childish, incoherent, moronic fools that they are - their actions won them no converts. They used up time with pointless irrelevancies and prevented others from asking more prescient questions than "what is wrong with Israel?" after talking about unicorns. I kid you not, they brought up unicorns.

What is it with these people who come into meetings around the country, in talks and meetings in universities and public arenas to systematically disrupt and shout down others? Why is this useful or necessary? What goes through the minds of these people when they hold meetings to draw up notes on what to shout. They failed to convince anybody and the rest of the audience was more disdainful of the interruptions than the guest.

The stated suggestion of the lefty's leader, who self-identifies as a Trotskyite (and one of my uni's NUS delegates), is to bring down the Israeli government. He offers no suggestion of what to do afterwards. Now, I would concur that removing statism would improve the lot of the people living there, but I'm not sure just some vague suggestion of bringing down governments does anyone any good.

It was clear that this group wanted nothing more than to make themselves sound superior to others, to self-please until nobody else existed. It was a horrible (if utterly predictable) sight to see. My uni being embarrassed because some people were unable to sit and listen like adults is not something I want. Given that nobody was coerced to go, it seems rather more than puerile to attend just to annoy others.

If you are unable to talk to others in a reasoned manner, please don't turn up and ruin it for the rest of us, it is not welcome. It will never be welcome. Whether you're a far-left Trot, a 'green' campaigner', a conspiracy theorist or anything else, learn to talk like an adult before instead of throwing your faeces out of the cage. Grow up and listen to others - if you intend not to listen to what others have to say, then go away and let more open-minded people do it instead.

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