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Donors to Beit El, a fanatical West Bank settlement, are normal, upper-middle-class professionals who live in New York suburbs. Their social life and philanthropic work just happen to involve funding an ethnic conflict on the other side of the world.
It’s easy enough to recognize the irony in Pahlavi lauding an occupying soldier with the slogan “freedom.” But there’s an even deeper historical irony: The slogan “Woman, Life, Liberty” was coined by supporters of a left-wing Kurdish party that got its start fighting alongside Palestinian guerrillas against the Israeli army.
The war machine has learned to be more sustainable over time, to eliminate all alternatives to itself, to transform the monsters it creates into a justification for its own existence, to hide the costs of violence from the public and even itself.