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Through a mirror, darkly

Last week, an Israeli army deserter shot up a busload of Palestinians, killing four before an angry mob killed him. The reactions to this incident were quite enlightening.

The Israeli government strongly condemned the incident, saying that there is no justification for such incidents. That being said, however, they went on to state that the man was driven to the attack by the treatment of Israeli settlers in the Occupied Territories, who are routinely shot, bombed, or bombarded with rockets by Palestinians. They called for an end to such attacks, and denounced the "cycle of violence" that prompted his attack.

The Palestinian Authority also condemned the attack, saying that they regret the man was killed before he could be tried and imprisoned for his crime. They also said that if Israel did not start taking stronger measures to prevent such incidents, they would have no choice but to do so themselves.

The United Nations also condemned the attack, but strongly urged the Palestinian Authority to "show restraint" and "work for peace" in not retaliating for the attack. They expressed grave concern that it might threaten the fragile cease-fire, and condemned the man's death at the hands of an angry mob, saying such vigilantism and lawlessness was a grave threat to the peace process.

Whoops, my bad. I got the wrong script. That's the script to follow when Palestinians kill Israelis, not when Israelis kill Palestinians.

But it highlights the amazing double standard the world has about Israel. And that double standard can't be anything but flagrant racism.

The script that I reversed above is the accepted playbook for reacting to Palestinian atrocities. And it's all based on the notions that 1) the Palestinians really can't be expected to act like civilized human beings, and 2) the Israelis really don't count as human beings.

One of the favorite linguistic ploys of the anti-Israelis is to claim that they aren't really "anti-Semitic," because both the Israelis and Palestinians are Semitic people. (This is a load of crap, as "anti-Semitism" has long been universally understood as meaning "anti-Jewish," but bear with me, I'm making a point here.) But this ongoing tolerance for the status quo is the true anti-Semitism that they describe, because it treats both peoples as sub-human.

I don't play the "moral equivalence" game that a lot of people do. They say that Israel routinely kills Palestinians, so it's only understandable that the Palestinians fight back with the only weapons at their disposal, in the only way they can. Maybe others can use that to justify atrocities, but I can't.

Yes, Israel kills Palestinians. But they follow the "retail" model, if I may use a grotesque simile. The Palestinians operate on a "wholesale" basis.

Israel, almost universally, targets only those Palestinians who have proven themselves threats to Israel. And even then, they exercise tremendous restraint. When they killed Sheik Yassin (the "spiritual leader" of Hamas, who inspired countless young Palestinians to become suicide bombers and commit other obscenities), they used a Hellfire missile. But they waited until he was away from innocents (not an easy thing to do, as Hamas leaders love surrounding themselves with women, children, and other potential innocent victims) and used a missile that had had a good chunk of its warhead removed to minimize the chances of harming bystanders.

The Palestinians, on the other hand, do everything they can to maximize casualties. Their suicide bombs are laced with nails and screws and tacks, to create as much lethal shrapnel as possible. They salt them with rat poison, which keeps bomb victims' blood from clotting and increasing the chances they will bleed to death. And they fire their unguided Qassam rockets in the general direction of Israeli homes, hoping that they will, by some blind luck, kill Israelis.

(That one bit them on the ass recently, when the rocket instead hit a Palestinian area, killing a five-year-old son of a former Palestinian Authority official.)

And what happens when one of the terrorists gets caught? Well, if they're Palestinian, they're arrested, tried, and jailed for life -- or until the next time the world thinks that Israel needs to make a "good faith gesture" and they're released, or their friends take hostages and demand their freedom. Israel has no death penalty.

If an Israeli terrorist is caught, they're immediately killed on the spot. The Palestinian Authority does have a death penalty -- and the highest crime to them is "collaborating with Israel."

I'm sorry, it's "murder," because anyone who works with Israel (their "partner in peace") is actually helping Israel kill Palestinians, so they are subject to the full force of Palestinian justice -- i.e., they're dragged out into the streets and shot or hung, with their bodies left for their families to collect. (Trial optional, appeals unheard of.)

People say that this would all be resolved if we simply helped the Palestinians establish themselves as an independent nation. But I am a big believer in that one should crawl before one should walk, and I want to see more signs that the Palestinians are ready to become a part of the civilized world before granting them statehood. And they're not ready to walk yet. They're still content to lie around in their soiled diapers and fling their wastes around.

Further, granting the Palestinians statehood would be an incredibly bad thing for the Palestinian people themselves. At that point, the routine terrorism being committed now instantly becomes Acts Of War, and Israel would then be eminently justified in invading and occupying their entire nation to prevent further attacks.

Which would put us right back to 1967, and start the whole last 38 years or so all over again.

I support the establishment of a Palestinian state -- in theory. But before it becomes a reality, the Palestinians need to show that they are ready to act like a government. And the first step is in establishing that they are in charge, and acts of terrorism will NOT be tolerated.

The very first part of the last few peace proposals (Clinton's plans, Bush's Road Map) all called for the Palestinians to renounce and stop terrorist attacks. They've never even put forth the slightest effort to do so. When they do, then we ought to consider the next step. But not one instant before.


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Comments (14)

Well said. ... (Below threshold)

Well said.

Hmmmm.Frankly I've... (Below threshold)


Frankly I've been constantly surprised that individual Israeli's haven't responded more in kind to Palestinian terror attacks. Suicide bombing isn't the only method of inflicting terror. Since many Israeli's have very advanced degrees and a significant body of knowledge about the various forms of warfare, it wouldn't be all that difficult to make life a living hell for Palestianians in the West Bank.

I'm just astonished it hasn't happened more. If it ever does, Palestinians will look back at this time as a "Golden Age".

As long as the Jews claim t... (Below threshold)
Lew Clark:

As long as the Jews claim that whole part of the world as their own, there will be war. I think the non-Jews should be given their own lands. Lets do it and call these places Syria, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Saudia Arabia, Egypt, etc. Then, with their own lands the non-Jews will have no reason to fight the Jews.

I tried to think of somethi... (Below threshold)

I tried to think of something to add to what you've written here, but I can't - you said it all, and you said it beautifully.

Jay, it would pointless to ... (Below threshold)

Jay, it would pointless to establish a "Palestinian state" (There's no such thing as a "Palestinian," but that's another topic). They're not interested in a state, they want to destroy Israel. There will never be peace until the Israelis deport or kill every last one of those motherfuckers, and that ain't gonna happen, unfortunately.

"Last week, an Israeli army... (Below threshold)
John D.:

"Last week, an Israeli army deserter shot up a busload of Palestinians"

You need to know of what you speak before you speak it. He killed Druze, not Palestinian Arabs. It was the dumbest thing he could've done. Typical brainwashed Zionist murder.

Lew, you are naive if you t... (Below threshold)

Lew, you are naive if you think that giving Palestinians their own land will solve the problem. Land is only an excuse for the Palestinians. They have repeatedly said that their goal is to "drive the Jews into the sea” meanimg kill them, get rid of them. They have had multiple opportunities to have their own state, even being offered almost everything they were demanding, and they turned it down.

John, it was wrong for the ... (Below threshold)

John, it was wrong for the Israeli to kill those bus passengers, and I condemn it.

However, Typical brainwashed Zionist murder. sounds anti-Semitic and I condemn that as well.

Sorry that should read:... (Below threshold)

Sorry that should read:

..."Typical brainwashed Zionist murderer" sounds incredibly anti-Semitic and I ...

Well, perhaps the US should... (Below threshold)

Well, perhaps the US should dump billions of aid into the areas surrounding Israel because everyone knows that poverty causes terrorism. Oh, and the Israelis are a bunch of meanies. Those poor Palestinians lived in the country of Palestine for hundreds of years before mean ol' Europe set up Israel. After all, places like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, etc. had all been countries since the Crusades, right? And no Jews lived in the Middle East until 1948. Oh, and this is all Karl Rove's fault.


I'd like to note that when ... (Below threshold)

I'd like to note that when this scumbag snapped and killed arabs, he was killed by a crowd of outraged jews.

When an arab snaps and kills Jews, Palestinians cheer.

Lin, I think Lew was being ... (Below threshold)

Lin, I think Lew was being sarcastic...

What amazed me was the way ... (Below threshold)

What amazed me was the way the Israeli's immediately denounced this "terrorist" and his "acts of terrorism".

Unlike the Palestinians who rush out to praise the martyr and their honorable killings!

What year did the wh... (Below threshold)
B Moe:

What year did the whole world forget that Jordan was the Palestinian homeland?






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