Dictionary.com defines “traitor” as:
1. a person who betrays another, a cause, or any trust.
2. a person who commits treason by betraying his or her country.
Since the first definition is so general, I’ll focus on the second here. Most definitions of “country” revolve around a territorial or political entity. In fact, in recent times, where the word “traitor” is used (in the legal sense), it refers to one who has taken the side of a country other than the one he was born in (or is a citizen of).
Most modern wars are fought over issues. The issues may involve disputed territory, alleged aggression, trade disputes or human rights. Within such a context, it seems odd to me that a person would be condemned simply for choosing the side he considers right. For example, if Hamas is considered the enemy of Israel and a citizen of Israel chooses to take the side of Hamas in this conflict because he considers it to be the more just cause, the State of Israel might consider him to be a traitor. If an Arab from Gaza chooses the Israeli side, he would be considered a traitor. Since both sides are not generally both right, it stands to reason that honest people would often side with the nation that is at war with the one they were born into (or are citizens of). In other words, being a traitor is often the right thing to do.
When it comes to ethnic/racial loyalties, however, rivalry is not usually over issues. Instead, it is over genetic and cultural interests. In this case, both sides are usually right. It is right for a Jew to work for the benefit of his people and, at the same time, it is right for an Arab to work for the benefit of his people. Where those interests conflict, it is always the responsibility of Jews to do what is right for Jews and for Arabs to do what is right for Arabs – and I am not speaking of violence or aggression here.
What a bizarre world we live in, at least in America, where treason against the State is taken more seriously than treason against one’s race or ethnicity! After all, the State is usually wrong. It has no morals, honor, or discipline; there is no reason at all for us to be loyal to it. In contrast, our race/ethnicity is the very essence of our being. As such, it transcends any need to be right or moral or disciplined. Every species on Earth looks out for its own and strives to multiply – even the lowliest, most disgusting insect is loyal to its genes. The same is true of every sub-species. Otherwise they would have ceased to exist long ago.
From this objective angle, we should appreciate that a traitor to the State is probably to be commended; he is standing up for his beliefs. But a traitor to his race/ethnicity is more contemptible than the lowliest slug or house fly; he has forfeited his own blood and surrendered to his basest selfishness.