Skip to comments.The West Bank: How Long Can This Continue?
Posted on 03/30/2002 3:21:58 AM PST by JohnHuang2
Nobody expected Ariel Sharon to embrace the Arab League's latest peace offer, and not only because of the latest round of suicide bombings in Israel. Continues here.
Fed up with Arafat's double-dealing and duplicity, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon went on the offense yesterday, seizing the West Bank town of Ramallah and laying seige to Arafat's terrorist headquarters there.
For Sharon, the straw that broke the Camel's back came on Wednesday, with the deadly suicide bombing attack at the Park hotel in Israel's resort town of Netanya.
As many as 250 Israelis had gathered in the hotel's banquet hall for the Passover Seder, which heralds the traditional 8-day observance commemorating Israel's exodus from biblical Egypt. "Suddenly, it was hell", is how Nechama Donenhirsch, one of the diners, describes it. The bomber rushed into the hall and blew herself up, killing 22 and wounding more than 130 innocent civilians.
The bloodcurdling carnage was the dastardly handiwork of Hamas, a pathological Islamic death cult whose scorching hatred for Jews rivals that of German Nazis under Hitler's Third Reich.
The Klu Klux Klan, the Skin Heads, the Aryan Nation and their ilk have nothing on Hamas nor any of the plethora of fascist Islamic hate cults flurishing under Arafat's corrupt, tyrannical misrule. The so-called "territories" have literally become the ugly spawning ground of demented Hitler-fans, a veritable psycho-ward where 'Mein Kemp' is a runaway best-seller.
Not content with Wednesday's massacre of Jews, Islamic fascists on Friday were at it again, this time targeting a supermarket in a Jewish working class neighborhood in southeastern Jerusalem. Thankfully, the suicide bomber was stopped by a security guard at the entrance to the Kiryat Yovel strip mall, preventing an even greater carnage.
The 18-year-old Islamic storm trooper blew herself up, killing the guard, one other civilian and wounding at least 19 others.
Tellingly, the attacker was a member of the ruthless Al Aqsa Brigades, a band of barbaric savages linked to Arafat's Fatah gangsters.
Meanwhile, Israel's Ramallah actions sparked a cacophony of caterwauling from the usual gaggle of Neville-Chamberlain-wannabees.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on both sides "to exercise responsible leadership".
Javier Solana, head-huncho for European Union foreign and security policy, huffed and puffed that military force was no solution. His carping was echoed by French Foreign Minister Hubert Vedrine.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said that "never has there been a greater need for restraint to be shown on both sides."
You see, in Straw's twisted world, neither side is right, neither side is wrong. To him and his morally diseased ilk, it's all the same. The technical term is 'moral equivalence'. As Straw sees it, bloody Islamic terrorism, which targets innocent civilians, and Jewish self-preservation are morally the same -- equivalent.
Sick, eh? You bet.
Memo to Sec. Straw: Take your moral blinders off, you buffoon.
My two cents...
Just as revealing was the reaction from the European media. In the American press, you read things like: "An observer to the bomb-blast scene described a dead young girl, perhaps 10 or 12, lying on the ground with her eyes open, looking as if she was surprised." For Europe, on the other hand, the main significance of this development was that it was "unhelpful" to the "peace process". Before I'm accused of being more upset about dead Jewish than dead Muslim kids, let me say that I take people at their own estimation: in the Palestinian Authority schools, they teach their children about the glories of martyrdom; indeed, the careers guidance counsellor appears to have little information on alternative employment prospects; at social events, the moppets are dressed up as junior jihadi, with toy detonators and play bombs. It's not that I place less value on Palestinian lives, but that Chairman Arafat and his chums in Hamas do. So does Saddam Hussein, whose government (the subject of an admiring article in this week's Spectator) gives $25,000 to the family of each Palestinian suicide bomber. So does the Arab League, which at last year's summit passed a resolution hailing the "spirit of sacrifice" of the Palestinian "martyrs" and thus licensed Wednesday's massacre. As for the "peace process", those Europeans who, just a few months ago, were urging the Americans to cease operations for Ramadan evidently feel no compunction to demand from Chairman Arafat and his dark subsidiaries any similar "bombing pause" for Passover.
In the days after September 11, we were told that Muslims had great respect for their fellow "people of the book" - ie, Jews and Christians. This ought to be so: after all, the dramatis personae of the Koran include Abraham, Moses, David, John the Baptist, Jesus and the Virgin Mary. It's one thing to believe that the Israelis are occupiers and oppressors and that the Zionist state should not exist. But no Muslim with any understanding of his shared heritage could in good conscience blow up a Passover Seder. It marks a new low in the Palestinians' descent into nihilism - though, as usual, the silence of the imams is deafening. As for the nonchalance of the Europeans, that too should not surprise us: in my experience, the Continent's Christians, practising and nominal, find the ceremonies of Jewish life faintly creepy, notwithstanding that these were also the rituals by which their own Saviour lived.
But this year, when the Christians' solar calendar and the Jews' lunar calendar have coincided and Easter and Passover fall together, it's a safe bet that George W Bush will make the connection. The first time I ever heard him speak, he spoke openly about his faith and about Christ in a way that would be unimaginable for a British politician. He will know all the details - "the baby tried to crawl away, but it died, too".......................
I'm not sure why God left us here but I'm glad he posted easy to read road signs. I wonder where we're going? I trust it will all be worth it in the end however.
THIS IS A TEST.
The results of this test will decide the fate of your nation.
As Straw sees it, bloody Islamic terrorism, which targets innocent civilians, and Jewish self-preservation are morally the same -- equivalent.
Exactly right! Thanks for another great article, John.
What a terrible affront to buffoons, JH2. Apologies are in order.
I was watching Fox News today, and as interesting as it was I couldn't handle the 27th run through on Queen Margaret so I started flipping. I confess, I stopped on CNN, (that'll teach me), anyway, one of their reporters in Israel was speaking with Israel's Foreign Minister.
What a jerk that reporter was. Not a shred of respect. For crying out loud, he is the Foreign Minister and he was nice enough to stop and answer your questions in the middle of chaos. The coffee shop bombing had just occurred and this boob of a reporter is calling the Foreign Minister a liar because he's denying Arafat's BS that Israel had warned him they were coming in to get him.
"Well, why would Chairman Arafat lie to us?" Hey idiot, because that's what he does!
This idiocy that only sees one side of the morality of something is wide spread. Sad...
Please Mr. Fox, tell your pack to stop stealing our chickens
Indeed. Matter of fact, on the left in general.
Yesterday evening, while poring over a trail of anguishing accounts of still more suicide bombing attacks in Israel, I stumbled onto yet another repulsive reminder of unbridled hypocrisy on the left.
Left-wingers relish parading themselves as heroic champions of "human rights" and "democracy", of "peace" and reconciliation", rather than war. To hear these snake-oil con-artists tell it, they -- and only they -- are the noble vanguard, gallantly battling -- not nations nor armies -- but racism, fascism, anti-semitism and other dark human impulses or aberrations.
Oh, they're champions, alright; indeed, they've set a world record -- for brazen shamelessness.
Make that two world records. Add hypocrisy.
Item: A European Kumbaya brigade of "peace activists" on Sunday stormed through lines of Israeli soldiers surrounding Arafat's terrorist headquarters in Ramallah. Their "mission"? Forming a "human shield" to guard Arafat, the terrorist butcher holed-up inside.
In Bethlehem's Azar and Aida refugee camps, another contingent of "international volunteers" formed "human shields" around "Palestinian" terrorists.
Some might dismiss this clique of Bohemians (there were 200 in all) as screwballs and kooks, but, in fact, their solidarity with Arafat -- a Hitler-wannabe who's called for hordes of suicide bombers to swarm Israel with mayhem and death -- is typical of liberalism's pervasive anti-semitism today.
For Jew-baiting, no one tops media darling golden-boy Al Sharpton. The sanctimonious charlatan poses as "civil rights" leader, no less. Sharpton wears his ugly bigotry proudly -- on his sleeves. He and Jesse L. Jackson are two peas in a pod.
Or how about Gore Vidal? The Jew-bashing novelist might as well wear a swastika armband.
Or the rancid anti-semitism of Alexander Cockburn, a chip off the old Soviet Bloc, as Nation Review would say?
Or, how about the U.N., the golden-calf of the left? The Israel-bashing, anti-semitism sizzles fiercer there than at a Klu Klux Klan rally.
Or how about the citadel of liberalism itself -- Big Media? The boardcast networks and CNN operate as veritable "Palestinian" mouthpieces, regurgitating every Jew-hating swill and slander from Arafat and his ilk like affiliates of al-Jeezera TV.
The Jewish state is relentlessly maligned as ruthless, cruel, oppressive; whereas, cold-blooded suicide bombers who blow up crowded Pizzerias in Jerusalem are routinely romantized as 'fearless' 'warriors', willing to die for a 'noble' and 'just' 'cause'.
A neo-Nazi Skinhead or Klansman would beam with delight at the flagrant and egregious pro-Arafat slant at the Gray Lady. The New York Times' deserves a yellow journalism award, so appallingly one-sided has been its "reporting" on mideast affairs.
At the Times, Israel can do no right, "Palestinians" can do no wrong. Arafat and the bloodthirsty goon-squad of hoodlums and thugs he directs are placed on equal moral footing with Israel's freely elected government.
Bigotry, Jew-bashing, hate and intolerance are alive and well on the left.
My two cents...
Same to you, friend.