But to Spielberg and his ilk, hatred of evil is the problem. "Somewhere inside all this intransigence there has to be a prayer for peace," Spielberg explained. "Because the biggest enemy is not the Palestinians or the Israelis. The biggest enemy in the region is intransigence." In a sense, this is true -- but only in the same sense in which Polish intransigence in failing to immediately surrender to Hitler was the cause of World War II. The Arab-Israeli conflict is not all that complicated, despite the "nuanced" gloss leftists like Spielberg wish to place upon it. One population, the Jews, wish to live in peace and security in their homeland -- and they have repeatedly demonstrated, to the point of insanity, their desire to be left alone (see Oslo Accords). Another population, the Arab population, wishes to throw the Jews out of their homeland and into the sea, and will brook no compromise in pursuit of that goal.
Are there human beings on both sides? Of course there are. But every human conflict involves human beings. Only human beings are capable of moral evil, because only human beings are capable of moral choice. Evil doesn't make someone subhuman -- it makes them all too human in their decision to exercise free will in pursuit of wickedness. Just because we are all human does not mean all of our behavior deserves the same moral treatment.
Spielberg and Kushner disagree. In their view, everyone, no matter how evil, deserves moral respect. To that end, "Munich" includes a completely fictitious scene wherein Israeli hit squad leader Avner Kauffman chats with the head of the Arab terror squad. Naturally, the head of the terror squad is given the opportunity to wax eloquent on the need for yet another Arab homeland. "That scene means everything to Kushner and Spielberg," Time reports. Of course it does. Sitting down across the table from Hitler meant everything to Neville Chamberlain, too.
There comes a time when the idle luxury of humanizing all forms of evil, reserved for elite members of Western countries, must come to an end. There comes a point when a moral choice must be made. When we stare into the face of a Hitler, a Stalin, a Palestinian terrorist bent on murder, we must make that choice. If we do not, we fall into the same trap as Kushner and Spielberg -- for at some point, sympathy for evil is, in and of itself, evil.
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