Sunday, November 11, 2012

Nov. 14th in Ottawa: The Cults of Bosnia and Palestine

By Julia Gorin
I mentioned at the beginning of the year that a book would be coming titled The Cults of Bosnia and Palestine. It’s now available. Below is a review by Nebojsa Malic:
The Cults of Bosnia and Palestine, by Richard Ziegler
Baico Publishing, Ottawa, 2012
136 pages (softcover)
Two years or so ago, the “Gaza flotilla” incident made me wonder whether Israel was getting “Serbed.” It was just a brief glance at some patterns too eerily similar to be coincidental. Yet the whole subject of propaganda, manufactured consent and perception management simply begged for a more detailed study, by someone who could devote enough time, resources and scrutiny to it.
Canadian author Richard Ziegler’s second book, “The Cults of Bosnia and Palestine” is one attempt at such a study. A self-identified leftist (his first book was titled “Reclaiming the Canadian Left”), Ziegler has chosen to examine the strange parallel thinking on the Western Left when it comes to the Bosnian and Palestinian conflicts.
Having spotted the same “invective” used to describe the Bosnian Serbs in use against Israel, Ziegler ventures to answer the question “whether some of the charges against [Israel] are made in good faith, or are merely an imitation of a proven strategy.” (p.2 )
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