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My top-secret plan for the Palestinians to win

Yesterday, I spelled out a lot of the reasons why I have very, very little sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians. In a nutshell: most of their problems are self-inflicted, and they never seem to take a single step towards helping themselves.

But I'm not a heartless human being. I dearly want to see the fighting end, a cessation of the endless bloodshed and carnage that gains no one anything. So with that in mind, I'm going to offer my own suggestion to the Palestinian people, a plan that while not guaranteed to succeed, is a hell of a lot more likely than the one they've been trying for decades without success.

This plan is no secret. It's been around for decades, and has worked exceptionally well. Mahatma Gandhi used it successfully against the British. Blacks and other civil rights supporters used it to win their struggle. And Tom Clancy once even spelled it out for them in "The Sum Of All Fears."

It comes from the simple notion of denying your opponent access to their strengths.

When one is struggling against oppression from a democracy, the best tactic is not to confront them by force, but rather to challenge their conscience. Democracies like England, the United States, and Israel take a great deal of pride in their respect for democracy, human rights, and fairness. They also tend to think of themselves as the good guys, the underdogs, the heroes, the victims.

With that in mind, one can see how violence and random carnage tends to reinforce the "good guy" mentality in the party you want to oppress. Israel can point to the latest suicide bomb, rocket attack, kidnapping, shooting, or other random incident and say "see what we have to face on a daily basis?"

But if the Palestinians ever started the path of passive resistance, the Israelis would be screwed.

Imagine what would happen if a couple dozen Palestinians simply sat down at a border crossing or in front of a convoy, linked arms, and simply refused to move. They would not raise their voices, not raise their arms, not threaten in the least -- but just peacefully refused to comply.

It would paralyze Israel. They would have no idea of how to deal with this. They would try to provoke the Palestinians into reverting to their long-accustomed violence. They might try to remove them with minimal force. But one video of Israeli police abusing unresisting Palestinian protestors would bring back a LOT of unpleasant memories for Israel's biggest supporters in the United States -- it's often overlooked, but a LOT of Jews gave a LOT of support (both in money and in volunteers) to the civil rights movement. Seeing the side they've been backing for years in Israel taking on the Bull Conner role would invoke an unprecedented level of revulsion. And while a few Palestinians might get injured or even killed in the process, eventually Israel would have no choice but to reach a settlement with the Palestinians -- as long as they moderate their demands along with their tactics.

Now, I have no qualms whatsoever about revealing all this. It's nothing new to anyone who's given very much thought to the Israeli/Palestinian conflicts. But as has been said many times before, the Palestinians "have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity."

So, sadly, this will most likely never happen. The Palestinians will continue to attack and kill and maim the innocents, and whine and demand they be given what they can not take for themselves. Until, perhaps, they go too far (like they mave have in this case) and Israel finally has enough and wipes out enough of the terrorists and their leaders to convince the Palestinian people that violence just ain't gonna work.

Comments (21)

Ah yes, the Clancy scenario... (Below threshold)

Ah yes, the Clancy scenario, although I can't remember which book (Sum of All Fears?)

You're right, it'll never happen. There is very little evidence that a Muslim Ghandi exists.

Before anyone mocks Matt, I... (Below threshold)
Jay Tea:

Before anyone mocks Matt, I went back and added the Clancy title moments after publishing the piece, when I realized I'd forgotten it -- but after he posted his comment.


Jay,Your analogy b... (Below threshold)


Your analogy breaks down in a very major way: the Israelis are not "oppressing" the Palestinians. Blacks in America were oppressed, from slavery to Jim Crow to Bull Connor, George Wallace, and the KKK. Their faith in God was such that they could passively resist, engage in nonviolent civil disobedience, and appeal to the conscience of all Americans that this situation should not stand.

If the Palestinians showed the wilingness to lay down their arms and rid themselves of the desire to annihilate Israel and peacefully coexist, then your plan would not even need to be implemented. The Israelis don't share the ideology of hate that was prevalent for so long in America toward blacks in the South.

I too wish to see peace, but that will only come when the Palestinians and their backers see Israel as an equal to be respected, not an enemy to be eliminated.

Crap, I was just about to m... (Below threshold)

Crap, I was just about to mock Matt.

Anyhoo - I'd love to see the Palestinians linking arms and singing "Kumbaya" in Arabic just for the entertainment factor. Maybe Bin Laden reads Wizbang and he'll try it out in his next video.

One reason they won't do it... (Below threshold)

One reason they won't do it is the photo on evry frontpage dailey; a terrorist wearing a mask.

If death is so desireble, why not show their face with pride? In other words do what terrifys liberal so much; take responsibility...

passive resistance would no... (Below threshold)

passive resistance would not achieve the palis goals. their goals aren't to get the israelis out of the west bank and gaza. if that's all they wanted, they could have had that pretty much anytime in the last 30 years.

they want israel. nothing less will suffice.

Palestinians wouldn't know ... (Below threshold)

Palestinians wouldn't know what you are talking about. They are already told by most of the world that they have the moral high ground.

First, you assume that what... (Below threshold)

First, you assume that what the Palestinians are fighting for is to have their own homeland and to be left in peace. You are most likely wrong about that and about the supposition that they want the bloodshed and carnage to cease.

The Palestinians are actually winning on a scale that would be hard to abandon at this point. Throw in the white flag of western guilt for dragging the rest of the world out of a sewage filled mud hole, inexplicable but you know that it exists because you recommend playing it, and the penultimate question has to be asked.

When you grandchildren are ruled by a culture such as the Palestinians under the elected government of Hamas will you be proud to have saved the Palestinians?

By the way isn't oppression by a democracy an oxymoron?

We might be better served to employ the tactic, which until the bleeding heart liberals got it changed, protected our children ands wives from cougers.

But then, We have apologised to the couger and they are allowed with of pleasure and blessing to feed on our women and children. At least in California.

"Imagine what would happ... (Below threshold)
joe south:

"Imagine what would happen if a couple dozen Palestinians simply sat down at a border crossing or in front of a convoy, linked arms, and simply refused to move."

Rachel Corrie, Tom Hurndall, james Miller . . .

Jay, you're such a schmuck.... (Below threshold)

Jay, you're such a schmuck.
A Palestinian? What is that? Your entire "theory" is flawed from its insipid inception. They are arab savages who never have, and never will, assimilate into a civil society. Their own kind don't even want them. Is that a surpirse? Well, perhaps to you it is.

I agree with Joe South. Isr... (Below threshold)

I agree with Joe South. Israel still has several Cat D-9's and know how to use them. Sit or lay down and you'll look like a cheap steak cooked on a ribbed grill. That's exactly what they should do. We bowed and scrapped to the idiot Islamist for years and look what it got us. They (Islam) only understand violent death because they're so brainwashed (by power hungry leaders) from birth they don't understand the joys of life spelled out in the bible and the koran. The Koran is a joke to the rest of the world.

This doesn't make a bit of ... (Below threshold)

This doesn't make a bit of sense.

"Imagine what would happen if a couple dozen Palestinians simply sat down at a border crossing or in front of a convoy, linked arms, and simply refused to move. They would not raise their voices, not raise their arms, not threaten in the least -- but just peacefully refused to comply.

"It would paralyze Israel."

Ummm... how?

The arabs need to cross those borders more than the Israelis do. The Israelis can cross wherever they want, if they need to. Let the arabs sit on the ground and starve for all anyone else would care.

Mock me at your peril, Cand... (Below threshold)

Mock me at your peril, Candy. I may be a mouth-breathing, red-stater, but I knows me some Clancy.

BTW, Joe South, you weren't implying that Rachel Corrie was a Palestinian, were you? I'm pretty sure that Israel reserves the right to smoosh whitebread terrorist-groupies.

It's all nice in theory, of... (Below threshold)

It's all nice in theory, of course, but it can be seen from last summer's protest against the expulsion of Jews from Gaza/Gush Katif, that the Israeli government could care less about passive resitance. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of cases of non-violent protesters who where beaten and tossed into jail for having the gall to disagree with the forceful transfer of 10,000 Jews from their homes. It's all a question of political will. Don't misunderstand me. I'm Israeli, I'm of the very nationalist side of the spectrum, to the point of not shedding a tear if the Army went in tomorrow and put up big signs...
Border That Way -->
You have 24 hours to be on the otherside because that's when we start the pre-bulldozer carpet bombing.

That said, I think the current government are a bunch of corrupt thugs who care about their own pockets and power. So, please, have no illusions about the government having any qualms about dealing with a bunch of protesters sitting around singing "Give peas a chance".

Why bother giving suggestio... (Below threshold)

Why bother giving suggestions to Palestinians?

"Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity" -- Abba Eban

If a Muslim MLK appeared, h... (Below threshold)

If a Muslim MLK appeared, he'd be killed by his fellow Muslims as a weak coward. In fact, the odds are that his own family would kill him to protect the family "honor".

Jay, I only have a few minu... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Jay, I only have a few minutes..the suggestion is interesting but has been made recently But it probably lneeds a leader like Mahatma Gandhi or Martin Luther King and more pacific religious traditions ..unlikely configirations in the Holy Land.at present.

B-b-but why don't you Wizba... (Below threshold)
McCains's Ghost:

B-b-but why don't you Wizbangers have sympathy for the Palistinian Children??

Wow, I can't believe you to... (Below threshold)
Geenus at Wrok:

Wow, I can't believe you totally lifted that from Michael Moore. Didn't think anyone would catch you? He stated all that in his mock letter to Yassir Arafat in "Stupid White Men".

LOL where is MU in this thr... (Below threshold)

LOL where is MU in this thread. LOL

I guess his calls for peace love and submission are only a one way street.

Israel and the U.S. can hav... (Below threshold)

Israel and the U.S. can have peace anytime they want. Peace is what happens when you kill all the bad guys.

Islam is codified savagery.

The single largest threat to World Peace is brain dead American "conservatives", who should know better, but are incapable of delivering a rational argument for Capitalism and effective national defense. They don't really believe in those things anyway and are too busy going to church and trying to outlaw flag burnings.

The Wage of Sin is Death.






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