Nietszche: Great Learning and Great Idiocy Go Together

Was Nietszche correct on this point? Israeli experts sometimes seem to prove him right.

Tags: Amos Yadlin
Prof. Paul Eidelberg

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Paul Eidelberg
When opinion rules, as it does in democracies, it is only necessary to examine, not its truth, but the prestige of those who express the opinion.

Neither is it necessary to examine whether the person who is expressing that opinion is serious or frivolous, or whether his opinion is the result of research or political bias.

And should it happen that an opinion is expressed by a former Chief of Israel Military Intelligence—end of story: that opinion is equivalent to Papal Infallibility.

One such opinion was expressed by former Military Intelligence Chief Amos Yadlin, and it made the front page of the Jerusalem Post on January 28, 2014 – hey, that’s just a few days ago! 

And Yadlin is not a lightweight. He was among the eight pilots selected to carry out Israel’s attack against Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor in June 1981. 

What is also significant, Yadlin holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.

Many people will surely deem Yadlin well qualified to opine or preach, as he has just done, that Israel should consider a “coordinated” unilateral withdrawal in the "West Bank" - one that is coordinated with the Palestinian Authority, that is. 

That this opinion entails the expulsion of some 300,000 Jews or more from Judea and Samaria does not seem to disturb the equanimity of this courageous air force pilot. It seems that nothing he learned at Harvard has tweaked his conscience about wrecking the lives of 300,000 Jewish men, women, and children. 

The traumatic and demoralizing consequences of abandoning the heartland of the Jewish people matters not to General Yadlin (ret), a man whose education, especially at Harvard, has surely been infected by the immoral doctrine of moral relativism.

This is the same doctrine that animated the Sharon government’s expulsion of 8,000 Jews from Gush Katif and transformed Gaza into Hamasland.

Of course, an opinion issuing from a former Intelligence Chief is bound to be taken more seriously than that of your garbage collector. Such was the case in the 
opinion of another Military Intelligence Chief, Professor Yehoshafat Harkabi. 

Harkabi was the brain of Shimon Peres who orchestrated the Oslo Agreement of 1993 that has thus far resulted in 1500 Jewish casualties,. Will the reader be surprised to learn that Harkabi was a self-professed moral relativist?

Nietzsche, who despised German universities, once said that great learning and great stupidity go well together under the same hat—something like Siamese 

These same twins seem to be playing “Simon says” in Israel’s political and military echelons.☼