Palestinians should 'stop
Call me Israel. Since the creation of the
Jewish state in 1948, an unequivocal conflict has endured between the Jews
who, thanks to a United Nations charter, lay claim to Israel, and the Muslim
Palestinians who were rather brusquely tossed into neighboring Arab nations
like Syria, Jordan and Lebanon.
When it came time for me to decide who
should control this small patch of land no bigger than Connecticut, I chose
neutrality. Sure, the Palestinians were there
before 1948, but Jews seemed to need a
little place to themselves after the Holocaust. I decided to root for peace
in the region, no matter who controlled what.
I re-evaluated my stance after the Sept.
11 attacks, especially after the Palestinian group Hamas avenged the death
of one of its own military leaders with a series
of brutal suicide bombings that killed
23 Israeli civilians. At least the Israeli military occasionally tries
to go after militant leaders; Palestinians seem interested only
in killing civilians. So admittedly, in
recent weeks I've become strongly pro-Israel.
I realized I had no context within which
I could place the plight of the Palestinian people, though. So, in an attempt
to justify their actions towards Israel since Yasser
Arafat initiated the terrorist assault
on the Jewish state in 1965, I invented the following scenario.
When the United States finally goes after
Iraq, the French will object, as always. Suppose our response to their
opposition in this matter is to nuke France. Granted,
the UN would probably find our response
a tad harsh, although not altogether undesirable. In response, say the
UN passes a resolution that turns the state of
Texas over to the French.
Immediately after this edict passed, I
would immediately rally my fellow Texans and form "La Resistance." My tactics
would be simple: draft impressionable young
Texans and brainwash them into believing
the French have no right to be here, all the while ensuring my followers
know that they (but not I) must be willing to die to
expel these infidels.
Then I'd strap sticks of dynamite to them
and send them to art museums, bistros and other places those snobs might
gather. As I see it, the French flag has
already flown over this state once, and
I'll be damned if it does again.
Would this work in expelling the vile French
from this great state of Texas? No, because French people are like ants
... even if you kill a few, more show up.
Furthermore, the international community
would never recognize my cause as genuine since I target defenseless civilians.
Terrorism in any form, whether it is Texans
killing Frenchmen, Palestinians killing Israelis or Islamic fundamentalists
killing civilians from dozens of different
nations, does not garner respect for a
cause ... it condemns that cause.
Both Palestinians and Israelis need to
grow up, sit down and start talking. But first, Palestinians have got to
stop the terror. The civilized world will never take the
Palestinian cause seriously unless the
suicide bombings and sniper attacks stop.