June 7, 2011
Leonard Nimoy’s Vulcan logic: A two-state solution
Anyone mildly familiar with “Star Trek” may recall that the character Spock—half-alien, half-human—struggles to purge his emotions and embrace the logical, detached disposition of the Vulcan people.
What would the logical, yet emotionally torn Spock have to say about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? (Aside from maybe ... “Beam me up, Bibi.”)
In an open letter, posted on the Web site of Americans for Peace Now, actor Leonard Nimoy, who played “Spock” in the original television series and films, has released a statement voicing his support for an Israeli-Palestinian two-state solution.
In the letter, Nimoy calls for “a secure, democratic Israel as the Jewish State alongside an independent Palestinian state.”
Drawing a parallel between a Star Trek episode entitled “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield” and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Nimoy writes:
Interesting point, though I’m surprised Nimoy didn’t reference his own character when drawing this parallel, since the argument between logic and emotion is a consistent theme in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
While we can’t really know for sure whether or not Spock would have supported a two-state solution, Nimoy hints that Vulcan logic plays a clear role. In the letter, he signs off with, “Dare I say it? It’s the logical thing to do.”