The Hegemon's Bubble

Matt Yglesias concludes a trip to Israel with this insight:

...if you go to Hebron and then to Tel Aviv it’s impossible not to find yourself baffled by the apparent blindness of many Israelis to what’s being done in their name. What’s harder is to recognize that the shoe fits America, too. I wouldn’t analogize the situation in Palestine to anything else, but Americans very much live in an emotional bubble isolated from the practical realities of the acts of violence committed in our names over the years.

It is hard to see what's in front of one's nose... and even harder when the national media has a de facto policy of regularly censoring graphic material that reflects poorly on US foreign policy.