Banks loses the plot

I note, with considerable regret, that Iain Banks appears to have revisited his anti-Israel stance and refreshed it.  Or, it could be that some pro-Palestinian activists have decided to use the poor man’s terminal disease as a catalyst to further publicize their cause. Whatever the situation, he really has lost the plot.

He wrote, for example, this:

“For the Israeli state and the collective of often unlikely bedfellows who support it so unquestioningly throughout the world to pursue and support the inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people – forced so brutally off their land in 1948 and still under attack today – to be so blind to the idea that injustice is injustice, regardless not just on whom it is visited, but by whom as well, is one of the defining iniquities of our age, and powerfully implies a shamingly low upper limit on the extent of our species’ moral intelligence.”

I note, in passing, that like many haters of Israel, Banks makes two classic Big Lie Promotions.

First, he frames the context of the point he wants to make, in terms of 1948. He ignores the thousands of years of Jewish connection to the land. All that went before is reduced to nothing. Sorry, laddie, but that is no way to treat my people’s heritage.

Second, Israel is wrong. But not only is Israel wrong – only Israel is wrong. (Or, rather, Israel and its “often unlikely bedfellows” are only wrong.) All of the blame, all of the responsibility, all of the wrong doing is on the side of Israel. Really? A grown man with a fully developed intellect can take that position without bursting into laughter at how ridiculous that is? Why not just come out and say it’s all the fault of the Jews? But, should Mr Banks ever take the time to exercise some mature reflection on that daft position, he might at the same time consider another issue. Namely that his throwaway insult of “often unlikely bedfellows” actually, to all objective standards, better belongs to those so called liberals and left wing intellectuals and human rights activists (like him) who support the Palestinian cause, which in turn is backed up by nakedly mysogynist, anti-gay, anti-liberty, dictatorial, racist and bigoted terror groups.

This is what he should have written:

“For the BDS movement and the collective of often unlikely bedfellows who support it so unquestioningly throughout the world to pursue and support the demonization and delegitimization of the Israeli people – almost forced so brutally off their land in 1948 and still under attack today – to be so blind to the idea that injustice is injustice, regardless not just on whom it is visited, but by whom as well, is one of the defining iniquities of our age, and powerfully implies a shamingly low upper limit on the extent of our species’ moral intelligence and political vision.”

Although his original prose is poisonous, I remain sad about Banks’ health situation.

You can see another view of Banks’ culturally suspect script, here.

Banks is dying

I was sad to hear that the author Iain Banks has terminal cancer. Although I found his attitude to Israel to be surprisingly ignorant and hateful – and, frankly, almost incomprehensible – I have always admired his writing, and especially enjoyed his science fiction novels. The world of literature will be a lesser place without him.

You can read one report about his condition here, and visit this site to leave him a message of support.