Alan: "The Ostrich Effect" (or "Information Aversion) operates across the spectrum of Aggressive Ignorance. Information aversion lies at the heart of global warming denial, vaccination opposition, The Iraq War, justifying the Vietnam War by the "Domino Effect," and the 100-0 Senate vote in favor of Israel's invasion of Gaza.
"Is Israel The World's Foremost Terror State? Israeli General's Son Thinks So"
(If I could recommend just one link on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this would be it.)
Why We Think Ignorance Is Bliss Even When It Hurts Our Health
Audio File: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/28/333945706/why-we-think-ignorance-is-bliss-even-when-it-hurts-our-health