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24, 2006 - יום שלישי,
כ"ד בטבת, תשס"ו
usually tell what someone thinks
from their speech and their actions - and sometimes from their silence.
As far as one can tell, the USA is against terrorism. What they say and
their behaviors lead us to think that given the chance the USA would
eradicate terror from the face of this earth.
bi-Partisan USA is fighting terrorism in Iraq. They are
fighting terror in Afghanistan. Americans are on an all-out search for
bin Laden. We now know, that even before 9/11, the USA government has
used sweeping powers to listen to phone conversations, read e-mail and
tail people who they feel might lead to terrorist activity. Much as in
the fight against communism so many years ago, the USA has sent the
world a message: We are against terrorism. We will fight it. We will
help all who need help to fight it.
then can the USA or anyone else for that matter support a
Palestinian state? Unlike the Jewish state which would grant democracy
to all its citizens, a Palestinian state would be an autocracy built
on violence. The Palestinians have used terror to finagle what they
want and they have gotten it.
USA has recently brokered an agreement with Israel. Israel
is to allow East Jerusalem Arabs to vote in the Palestinian elections
and the USA will speak out against Hamas members appearing on the PA
ballot. Though the USA is pretending that the PA will heed their
words, the Hamas terror group will win a large percentage of the votes
in this election.
victory by Hamas, a radical terror group dedicated to the
destruction of the State of Israel will do nothing to end the reign of
terror that has gripped the world in recent years. Much as with
Hitler, who was voted in as Chancellor of Germany, a Hamas victory
will only reinforce Hamas’ legitimacy. Then Hamas will be repackaged
into a political party which won their seats democratically.
Palestinians have no shame in saying they want to eradicate
Israel off the map, and if they could, wipe the Jews off the face of
the earth. Not only do they teach their school children that there is
no Israel, they have presented maps of the Middle East to the UN - a
public forum - without Israel. They don’t even pretend to be
peace loving. A Palestinian constitution - if such a thing could exist
- would not only permit and condone acts of terror against Israel and
the Western world, it would promote it as it has encouraged suicide
bombings and acts of terror in the past.
Muslim world, to which the PA belongs, praises the ways of
terror and violence. To quote Al-Afif al-Akhdar, a liberal critic of
Arab society, “Why do expressions of tolerance, moderation,
rationalism, compromise and negotiation horrify us, but when we hear
fervent cries for vengeance, we all dance the war dance? Why do other
people love life, while we love death and violence, slaughter and
suicide, and call it heroism and martyrdom?”
USA claims to be against terrorism, yet by encouraging the
Palestinians to establish a state, they are condoning the terrorism -
albeit quietly. It seems so strange to me that a country that is
fighting terrorism on so many fronts should be willing give it
legitimacy on another. It makes no more sense than giving the key to
the prisoners, the ammunition to the terrorist, or handing over the
asylum to the patients.
the Palestinian Authority begins to associate itself with
peace and politics instead of death and destruction they should not be
given the legitimacy of a state. The legitimacy of a state would give
legitimacy to the terror on which it was established.
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