Today the BBC reported that Afghanistan is down to its last Jew. There used to be two, and what did the two Jews do? They squabbled over control of the synagogue, accusing each other of apostasy and of being at fault for the Taleban’s confiscation of their Torah scroll. Not that I want to go trafficking in all the worst stereotypes, but this is like learning that the two Irishmen on a desert island get drunk every night and fight, or that the Belgians in a lifeboat have established an institutional framework for dying of thirst. It’s painful, that’s what it is.