Tuesday, January 13, 2004

IT REMINDS ME OF THE BORG

(I'm not a major Star Trekkie, but I did enjoy episodes of Next Generation that included the Borg. For those who never saw it, the Borg was a civilization that traveled on a large, cube-shaped spacecraft. Each member of the Borg was a former humanoid that had been "networked" -- their brains were connected, creating a "supercomputer" mind that controlled them and their ship. Their only negotiation with civilizations they were about to conquer was "resistance is futile, you will be assimilated." They took the people they wanted and vaporized everything else.)

The past few days, there has been a meme threaded through a number of articles (I can't find the first one who had this idea). It goes like this:

1. Israel is/was suppposed to be the "homeland" for the Jews.
2. Israel is a democracy, therefore its citizens can decide its fate.
3. Not all citizens of Israel are Jews.
4. Given Israel's current demographics and population growth, Israel (as a Jewish state) will cease to exist within a generation or two.

Hence, my possibly politically incorrect (like I care) comment about the Borg. In the article linked above, the writer suggests making all Jews "virtual citizens" of Israel, but that's just playing a delaying game. It could still happen (Jews becoming a minority in Israel).


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