Look, I’ve just spent about 45 minutes going back over some of our exchanges. I don’t feel good about some of the sniping I’ve done in the heat of what was for me very frustrating argument. I don’t want it to be this way. I want to apologize for my sniping and sometimes heavy sarcasm.
I strongly object to some of your world views, most profoundly your comments about Jews and Judaism. But I don’t believe that you harbor ill-will to them on a personal level. I do believe that you are playing with some very dangerous rhetoric which has been associated with massive violence against Jews in the past, and I will continue to call you on them. But I will try to be more productive in my responses. If I start to relapse, please link me to this post and remind me.
In other respects I agree with you. An example is the ecological impact of the current subdivision lifestyle. But I don’t believe your approach to the issue has been any more productive than some of the left wing protests which dehumanize the opposition.
I would like to meet with you sometime when I’m in transit to or from Nohum and we both have some time. I’ll spring for the beer or coffee. There I’d like to discuss how we can promote more healthy exchanges on the local blogosphere. I’m jaded on the medium these days, but I still see potential for enhancing community rather than reflecting its less than attractive underbelly.
In fact, I’d like to suggest some sort of conference between local bloggers. It’s long overdue.