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New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Monday, April 26, 2004

The Israeli-Palestinian Problem

Dan recently posted on Walter Russell Mead’s editorial in the NYT concerning why They (some in the Middle East) hate us. Money quote:

”The Palestinian issue is really what discredits the United States throughout the region," a senior Western diplomat with years of experience in the Middle East told me. Or, as one student after another put it after the university lectures I conducted across the region: "Why do Americans have to be so biased?”

Let’s see…let me just think for a second. Oh yeah, that’s it. We’re biased because the Palestinians support Hamas, others of their ilk, and the wanton and directed killing of innocent men, women and children. Some might say that it’s not fair to blame the Palestinian people for the actions of a few bad apples. Well, aside from popular support on the ‘Palenstinian Street,’ I guess there’s barely a reason. Obviously it’s not the case that every single Palenstinian supports Hamas, but I fail to see how we’re supposed to be fair to them, as a People, if a significant proportion backs scum like Hamas, etc. Maybe I’m just missing something here, but Israel has made themselves abundantly clear on the matter. They will kill anyone who orchestrates Terror. However, they have also said the following:

Israel's military chief, Lt. Gen. Moshe Yaalon, told the Yediot Ahronot daily the new Hamas leader had inherited the post "automatically" and reluctantly accepted the position. Yaalon also signaled Israel would avoid attacking him as long as the group remains quiet.

"He doesn't want it, and he is apparently avoiding making decisions, and he is apparently avoiding terrorism," Yaalon said. "Anyone who doesn't use terrorism against us, we do not deal with."

Unfair? You’d have a hard time convincing me…but feel free to give it a shot.


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