The Therapy Sessions
Monday, October 11, 2004
The pitiful Palestinians
If only this was a common opinion among Palestinians, there might be some hope for the "Peace Process:"
The Jordanian daily newspaper Al-Rai recently published an interview with former PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).  The following are excerpts from the interview:
'We Need to Put Our House in Order'
Question: "Why did you not conclude the negotiations before [Netanyahu's election], when it was known that Netanyahu had a fair chance of winning?"
Abbas: "… Oslo was stalled due to the actions of the various Israeli governments; afterwards there was Camp David and after that the Intifada. Sharon's visit [to the Temple Mount] was a bad beginning after which came the Intifada, and the continuation [of the Intifada ] was the worst thing. I think now that that the Intifada in its entirety was a mistake and it should not have continued, and in particular what is called 'the militarization of the Intifada '…"
No wonder Arafat hated this man.
It is hard to pity people who dance in the streets whenever Israeli children are killed going to school.
But I feel a tinge of pity whenever I look at the Palestinians: they are living in a world made for screwdrivers, but they only know how to use hammers. They are so addicted to the unlikely idea that they will one day destroy the Israeli state that they can only think to hammer harder.
Of course, this sense of pity is quickly overcome by disgust.
The Palestinians, after all, are a people who are so brutish and stubborn that the prospect of slaughtering eight million Jews is more pleasing to them than the idea of peace. So they continue to harbor some of the world's most malignant terrorists, and send their children on suicide missions aimed at Israeli buses.
They are a people crying out for war. Someday, the Israelis are going to give it to them, and they aren't going to like it.
The sad fact of the Palestinian struggle is this:
The Palestians would kill all the Israelis if only they had the weapons; the Israelis have long had the weapons to lay waste to Gaza and the West Bank, but they are far too decent to do such a thing.
But this war (and the poorly named "War on Terror") is becoming an existential war.
In an existential war, there comes a point where decency is pointless: you kill your enemy wherever he is, killing as many people - innocents included - in his society until your enemy decides to give up. You do it because you know your enemy would do the same to you.
The Palestinians - and Islamic fundamentalists in general - have been fighting this way for decades, and daring us to join them.
I don't want to, but it may be inevitable.
Burning down a house is a terrible way to kill the roaches, but it does kill the roaches.