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Kill Jews, kill each other, but don't kill the job!

Several years ago, I had a friend who was a very devout libertarian. He told me this joke:

I have a friend who works in the Department of Agriculture. I visited him at his office the other day, and he was sobbing at his desk.

"What's the problem, Bob?"

"I'm going to lose my job!"

"How? You're a government bureaucrat! You can't be fired! You have a lifetime job! What could have possibly happened to put your job at risk?"

"My farmer died!"

His joke was a commentary on bureaucrats, and how the Department of Agriculture was -- like most government agencies -- horribly bloated and loaded with worthless hacks.

He was also fond of pointing out that the Department of Agriculture produces not one whit of food, much like the Department of Education teaches no children, the Department of Energy produces no power, and the Department of Commerce sells nothing.

The essence of any government job can be summed up in four single words: Don't Kill The Job. Do your job, but under no circumstances finish anything, because then there won't be funding for that next year, and once you finish your task, you could be fired -- along with everyone else who works with you.

This is not exclusive to American bureaucrats. Any bureaucrats, in any organization, is susceptible to this.

Regardless of the consequences.

In 1948, immediately after the creation of the modern state of Israel, about 1.6 million refugees were created. About half of them fled Arab and Muslim lands and migrated to Israel, where they started afresh, shed their old national identities, and became Israelis and got to work towards building a future.

The other half were Palestinians, many of whom had bought into their Arab and Muslim brothers' promise to "get out of the way while we drive the Jews into the sea, and then you can go home again."

Almost sixty years later, and that genocidal promise remains unfilled.

These refugees were not welcomed by their brothers. They were stuffed into refugee "camps" (that have developed into cities, but not recognized as such because that would be acknowledging their permanancy), denied citizenship, their freedoms of movement and labor restricted, and essentially kept for two reasons: 1) a source of cheap labor for the host country (much like illegal aliens in the United States), and 2) a rhetorical club, a convenient set of "victims of the Zionists" to keep the anti-Israeli sentiments going strong.

How has the world treated this problem? How has the United Nations dealt with this?

Why, doing what they do best: throwing bureaucrats at it.

Caring for refugees is a major concern of the UN. But only one group has a permanent, standing UN body devoted solely to their care: the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

It seems to me that relief workers, much like doctors, policemen, firefighters, soldiers, and others who fight against human suffering, would fantasize about the day when they are no longer needed. Would strive endlessly to put themselves out of business.

But nope.

Let's look at the Palestinians' situation from an extremely simple perspective: who benefits by keeping them in their current state?

The UN does. It gives them a purpose, a cause, a set of good works they can point to and say "see the important work we do?" They get to wear the proud mantle of "caregiver," knowing that they can count on a steady paycheck to keep the Palestinians in their current state.

The Arab and Muslim world does. There's nothing like an external enemy to keep the populace in line, and the Arab and Muslim world is pretty much a solid set of monarchies, dictatorships, theocracies, and other forms of thugocracies and kleptocracies. Keeping the people whipped up about the Evil Zionist Jooooos keeps them from getting too interested in their own freedoms and thinking too much about their own dissatisfactions in life. By having the Palestinians around as living, breathing symbols of "Zionist oppression," they can keep their own people in line.

The current Palestinian leadership does. Right now, they have much of the power of a government, but none of the responsibilities. The obligations of a government are fairly well summed up by the Preamble of the United States Constitution:

...in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity...

The only one the Palestinian Authority comes close to doing is their attempts to "provide for the common offense." They coordinate, plan, and carry out attacks against Israel. Everything else, they slough off on others to do.

Now, who would benefit from an actual solution to the Palestinian problem?

Well, Israel, for one. While some point to the Palestinians as a source of cheap labor in Israel, it's worth pointing out that after some particularly heinous terrorist attack inside Israel, they close down their borders with the Palestinian territories -- and only re-open them after considerable pressure from outside. By that fact, it's fairly easy to say that the Palestinians need the jobs more than Israel needs the workers.

The United States would, as well. We tie up a great deal of our resources in the Middle East, and the Palestinian situation is the biggest open wound over there. (Iraq is running second.) A peaceful, stable solution would be of tremendous benefit to us.

Of course, the biggest beneficiaries to a solution to the Palestinian problem would be the Palestinians themselves. The ability to be free from oppression, free from handouts, free from being used as political cudgels, free to determine their own destinies, free from the relentless "blame the Jooooos for all your problems" message they get from every direction, and they might -- just might -- be able to not only survive, but prosper.

But I fear it might be too late for them. They have spent literally generations as an underclass, a political football kicked back and forth, cynically used and exploited by those who benefit from their suffering. They are caught in a "welfare trap" the likes of which is far, far beyond the wet dreams of the most paternalistic Great Society proponent.

But that kind of freedom comes with responsibility. And most of the world has spent sixty years breeding that kind of independence out of the Palestinians, replacing it with dependence, hatred, and impotence. They've been told that they are victims, that victimhood is their lot in life, and only through hatred and violence can they truly be free.

If there were true justice in this world, the Arab and Muslim nations would have offered the Palestinians citizenship and allowed them to assimilate into their new homelands. If there were true justice, the bureaucrats at UNRWA would be tried for crimes against humanity.

But that ain't gonna happen. The Palestinians have been snared too long in this gilded cage, and they have grown addicted to dependence. I have no idea how the cycle will be broken.

There are only two things that I am certain of, though. First, the price paid in blood will continue to rise.

And second, virtually none of those who ought to be paying that price in their own blood will actually end up suffering.


Comments (12)

With all the billions of do... (Below threshold)
hermie:

With all the billions of dollars at their disposal, the Pals' Muslim 'brothers' could've created schools that actually taught kids to develop skills other than learning how to make bombs and clean rifles. There could've been Palestinians taught how to become doctors, carpenters, business owners; instead of becoming and staying 'professional victims'.

But the Muslim world doesn't want the Palestinians to actually make something out of themselves. It's easier to let them take money for food, education and other necessities, and buy rifles and rockets. Keeping the 'Palestinian' problem alive means that those in power in Egypt, Syria, Iran, etc, can divert the attention of their own people from the fact that their governments are corrupt, repressive and just plain dangerous.

I wonder if the Jew-haters ... (Below threshold)
GeminiChuck:

I wonder if the Jew-haters around the world have made note that the Palestinian refugee camps currently being bombed are entirely within a Muslim country - in fact, within a Muslim city. Exactly how are the Jews to blame for the plight of the Palestinians in the refugee camps within Lebanon & Syria? Why cant the richer Muslims that are getting all that oil money help their brothren? Jay and Hermie both point to the answers - will the lefties & socialists ever wake up? gc

I've always felt that their... (Below threshold)

I've always felt that their homeland for the Palestinian people is Israel. Israel would benefit from religious diversity - same way America and Europe have benefitted from it. And the Palestinians have as much right to their ancestral homelands as do the Jews - most of whom have no history in that region.

Diversity - not just America's future - but Israel's too.

Diversity?Oh shees... (Below threshold)
hermie:

Diversity?

Oh sheesh! A liberal's 'solution' to a problem that doesn't exist, but obscures the real problem.

The Israelis DO NOT prohibit ANYONE from practicing their faith. They are a teensy bit edgy when someone in the name of their 'faith' decides to bomb pizza parlors or a school bus.

Unlike the Muslim world whose 'faith' says 'Convert or Die'.

You're going to get in more... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

You're going to get in more trouble with the dhimmi's. The U.N. and especially the UNRWA is their favorite dump for your money. They know 'worthless' when they see it and support it 100%.
The democrat created welfare departments across the country are the same. If they did their job and helped people get off of welfare they would work themselves out of a job and the democrat politicians out of they're only tool to whip their weak minded followers into a frenzy.
The democrat comedy continues, it's going to be a fun two years.
Did Shrillary just out flip flop Hanoi John? She did it in high jump style.

If there were true justi... (Below threshold)

If there were true justice in this world, the Arab and Muslim nations would have offered the Palestinians citizenship and allowed them to assimilate into their new homelands.

Gee that's awfully generous of you Jay. Offering that other countries should accept hundreds of thousands of refugees as permanent citizens. Are you for or against Bush's amnesty bill?

Obviously, the permanent solution is to create a real Palestinian state and resettle all of these refugees there. Hopefully, the deal can be such that the Palestinians who were driven from their homes in Israel itself accept resettlement in the West Bank.

Failing that, this conflict will go on for the rest of our lives and longer than that.


The UN created Israel for t... (Below threshold)
GeminiChuck:

The UN created Israel for the Jews out of a piece of shit land - now its time they worked out a deal with Lebanon & Syria to carve out a decent piece of land for a Palestine country - the first time ever they would have a country. The UN should hit up the rich Arab Muslims for the funds. Then give them temporary "Z" visas to work in Isreal and visit the Mound, etc (after checking for explosives, of course). gc

Createing a "real Palestini... (Below threshold)
Tom Blair:

Createing a "real Palestinian stae" outside th boundaries of Israel simply codifies the racist notion that Palestinians are second-class human beings - who can be pushed from their homelands into someone elses land.

Israel is on the cust - will it follow an ancient trible, spearatist religion - or will it enter into the 21st century as a secular, multi-ethnic state reflective of the ethnic makeup of the Middle East as a whole.

And how come all of you who think it's just fine for Islamic Arabs to immigrate in the US (where they've never lived) - think it's not so fine for them to immigrate into Israel - where they've lived for hundreds of generations (hermie)?

Trackbacked by The Thunder ... (Below threshold)

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A short recon of what's out there that might draw your attention.

Giving the Palestinians a s... (Below threshold)

Giving the Palestinians a state will not stop the bloodshed. As long as Jews are present in the region they will continue to bomb them and call for their destruction. Syria and Iran will continue to give them funding for arms and tactical and operational support. Everyone who keeps calling for a Palestinian state forgets that this is not all they want. They want the Jews driven out. They want Israel destroyed and replaced with an Islamic nation. There are far too many of them, in and out of the area, who will settle for nothing less.

Today's Palestinians are ov... (Below threshold)
LenS:

Today's Palestinians are overwhelmingly the descendants of Arabs who moved to the Holy Land after the Zionists arrived and began to build something out of the wasteland that the Ottomans presided over there. Without the Jews, today's Palestinians would simply be Syrians, Iraqis, Saudis, Egyptians and Jordanians since their ancestors would never have to come the land that is Israel, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank today. Under Islamic rule, those areas were a mess.

And to be honest, Islamic Arabs shouldn't be welcomed to the US. Outside of the few who help us overseas and need witness protection, allowing more of them to immigrate here simply produces a class of people who's religion demands that we be killed, enslaved as Dhimmis, or converted.

Oyster - I think you are ab... (Below threshold)
GeminiChuck:

Oyster - I think you are absolutely right - spot on. I know that a Palestinian state is only hypothetical - I just call for it as an alternative to what Jimmy Carter wants and has appeared on this blog: assimulation of Pals into Israel where they will destroy it from the inside. A so-called Pal state would at put them where they can be watched and "taken care of". gc




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