Jerusalem & Babylon / Keeping the bastards out again

13.08.2011                      13.Aw-Elul, 5771                      Wa'etchanan

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Jerusalem & Babylon / Keeping the bastards out again

Communities, and especially big cities, with their loss of individual identity, need myths, how else can they be so sure that the bastards won't drive them out?

"The bastards won't make me leave here," shouted Aaron Biber, waving his scissors in the air, slashing at imaginary looters. "The Nazis couldn't get me out of here; they certainly won't."
Biber, 89, discovered on Sunday that in the first wave of violence this week in England, his barbershop just off the high street in Tottenham, north London, was also broken into and looted. But it didn't change a thing: On Monday morning, as has been the case every Monday for the last 41 years, he was back in the tiny shop, giving haircuts and shaving his regular clients, despite the rioters having stolen chairs and a valuable hairdryer….