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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Who set the thing on fire, again?

All Hell breaks loose in the Middle East - again. Hamas vowed to break a year and a half long truce and the IDF has launched a (well needed although very limited) ground assault into Gaza.
All this because a family died on a beach. Palestinian terrorism pays off - civilians used as human shields and propaganda tools work in the Palestinian favor despite the fact that there has, so far, not been any evidence supporting the argument that the shell responsible for the death of this family was fired by the IDF. Not to mention the huge moral and legal gap between deliberately killing innocent civilians (the Muslim tactic) and accidentally inflicting collateral damage.
And as for the truce - what truce?:

"Palestinian militants have fired rockets toward Israel almost daily since Israel completed the Gaza withdrawal in September."

"The Hamas-led Palestinian government, however, has done little to stop the rockets, saying the attacks are legitimate acts of "resistance" against Israel."

"...militants fired three more rockets, bringing the total to more than 140 this month"

Imagine an everyday life in Gaza: You wake up at 7 am, have a cup of coffee, open your closet to grab a rocket launcher, go out and fire it to the other side of the border hoping that someone will get hurt.

Another fine example of how the Palestinian militants couldn't care less about how their acts of "resistance" affect on the lives of decent Palestinians:

"The attack Sunday immediately touched off a closure of these crossings, including Rafah and the Karni passage between Gaza and Egypt, which is crucial to the Palestinian economy because it is the main conduit for goods coming in and out of Gaza."

Hamas, plus other Palestinian political and non-political groups, has failed to recognize Israel's right to exist. This single issue has been maybe the biggest contributor to the conflict. Two-state solutions (1938, 1947, 1967, 2001) have all been rejected by the Palestinians because they have included the recognition of Israel. The behavior continues to this day.
Worth noting is the latest Palestinian attempt to "recognize" Israel and lay foundation for a two-state solution:

"The Palestinian National Conciliation Document of the Prisoners, written by a bunch of convicted terrorist murderers imprisoned in Israel for their crimes, endorses neither a “two-state solution,” nor the creation of a Palestinian state “alongside Israel.” Read it for yourself at the link above."

And like last summer (the Gaza pullout), it might be (once again) time for Israel to take unilateral action due to the opposing side's complete incompetence:

"Olmert has said he will carry out a unilateral pullout from much of the West Bank if peace efforts fail. The Palestinians, who claim all of the West Bank, oppose the unilateral approach."

Other noteworthy items:

-John McCain on Republican spending

-"Multiculturalism breeds terrorism" at Capitalism Magazine:

Multiculturalism—a creation of leftist, Western, nihilistic, post-modern philosophy professors—begins by promoting “cultural relativism,” which holds that all cultures are of equal value; no culture is better or worse than any other. Logically, this serves to de-value Western values, such as reason, science, productiveness, and each individual’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, by equating them with the most irrational and destructive practices of primitive, mystical cultures such as voodoo medicine, the subjugation of women by men, genital mutilation, and even cannibalism. As essentialized by Peter Schwartz, “Multiculturalism is the debased attempt to obliterate values by claiming that they are indistinguishable from non-values.”

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leftist, post-modern university professors aren't the ones running this world.

June 27, 2006 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Petteri said...

In this kind of long lasting and complex conflicts, it is almost impossible to tell who is setting the fires. The Balkans, Norther Ireland, and Israel/Palestanian squables are historical, cultural, religious, and mythical to boot, and to suggest that it's simply due to acts of one particular party, is to take it to a extreme and too simple conclusion. I guess, it works for those who can't accept anything but easy answers. Unfortunately, easy answers are very seldom right.

July 03, 2006 7:16 AM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

"to suggest that it's simply due to acts of one particular party, is to take it to a extreme and too simple conclusion."

And what makes you think that such a conclusion cannot be the right one?

In this conflict (while Israel has not always done the right thing) it is Israel that has been willing to live side by side with the Arabs while the Palestinian leadership (blessed by the Palestinian people for decades) has for years wanted to wipe the Jews out of Israel. Israel has been generous while the Palestinians have rejected all reasonable peace offers.

July 04, 2006 1:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did the Palestinians bless their leadership "for decades"? Isn't Hamas government the first PA ever that has been elected in a democratic election?

July 05, 2006 4:31 PM  
Blogger Mikko Sandt said...

"How did the Palestinians bless their leadership "for decades"? Isn't Hamas government the first PA ever that has been elected in a democratic election?"

Yes but the public opinion has favored rejectionism and terrorism over the decades. Nothing has changed since:
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/736322.html

July 09, 2006 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Petteri said...

Mikko, although I am able to see that there has not been desire enough to solve this conflict peacefully by the various Palestinian decision makers, you might fall into a simplistic trap by seeing Israelis as the lilly white do gooders. They have never really lifted off their boot from the collective throats of Palestinians and have made Palestine a de facto refugee camp without any kind of possibility to achieve even basics of a viable functioning entety. Takes two to tango, and this dance is no different.

July 10, 2006 2:57 AM  

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