Guillotine politics

Going under fire for wild fires: When a mistake is made in Israel, both politicians and the public are overly eager to send the “responsible” party to slaughter. But in the haste for rapid retribution, there is often no distinction made between a perpetrator and a patsy.

January 20, 2011 17:26
4 minute read.
Carmel fire rages in northern Israel

Carmel Fire Night 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)


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In late 2007, wild fires broke out all over southern California. Almost 1 million residents (including myself) were forced to flee their homes. Nearly 2,000 square km were left charred. Costs soared into the billions of dollars. Local resources were overwhelmed, so firefighters from all over the country and even Mexico had to be called in to help extinguish the blaze.

And yet, no one lost their job.


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