Palestinians must always avoid walking or standing in front of an open window or doorway. The Jews are constantly patrolling the streets, looking for an opportunity to shoot randomly through windows and doorways.  This little fact was revealed to me by a Muslim relative who got the straight dope from connections at his mosque. Of course this story is unicorn shit. Yes the communication happened, but no I did not snuggle with his line of B.S. He believed, he was a believer, with the wide eyed infatuation of a child hearing Christmas stories.

I was agog. I had not ordered tripe for dinner. But the Muslim host had only tripe to serve. Have you ever had a long conversation with a person who had a paranoid delusional system based around some form of conspiracy? They sound quite sane and in possession of their faculties. But after a few minutes you will find that they have the capacity to connect just about any event or idea to an arcane plot to get them in one way or another. The more holes you punch in their story, the more the conspiracy expands to plug the holes. Soon just about everybody, from the mailman who just dropped the mail in the slot, to the dog catcher crawling under the house to fetch a stray cat, all are in service to “them.”  Forget changing their mind. Your facts may be well founded, your argument a juggernaut of logic,  but you will not prevail. The paranoid scenario is air tight and irrefutable. The foundational belief that “they” and you are all part  of the great conspiracy cover-up, and plot will cover any cracks in their argument. Ask for a shred of hard evidence and the true believer will just shake his head and bemoan  your tragic ignorance. Of course no hard facts will be forthcoming but lets not quibble over minor details.



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