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Krauthammer: Palestine Without Illusions  
User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1145 times:

Excellent article on the recent Hamas victory:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...le/2006/02/02/AR2006020201579.html

Amid much gnashing of teeth, the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections is being called a disaster. On the contrary. It is deeply clarifying and ultimately cleansing. If the world responds correctly, it will mark a turning point for the better.

The Palestinian people have spoken. According to their apologists, sure, Hamas wants to destroy Israel, wage permanent war and send suicide bombers into discotheques to drive nails into the skulls of young Israelis, but what the Palestinians were really voting for was efficient garbage collection.

It is time to stop infantilizing the Palestinians. As Hamas leader Khaled Meshal said at a news conference four days after the election, "The Palestinian people have chosen Hamas with its known stances." By a landslide, the Palestinian people have chosen these known stances: rejectionism, Islamism, terrorism, rank anti-Semitism and the destruction of Israel in a romance of blood, death and revolution. Garbage collection on Wednesdays.

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User currently offlineTexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1355 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

Another excellent article by an exceptional writer, who just happens to be conservative.

What this man has done after his tragic accident while a freshman at Harvard Medical School is amazing. He still managed to finish medical school, go through residency in Psychiatry, and became a distinguished academic professor at Harvard. He gave up that life to become a columnist, and a great one at that. His views are crisp, concise and finally nuanced. He doesn't shrill for Republicans or Bush, as he famously broke with the Prez for nominating Harriet Miers.

On this topic, I must say, the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.



Tort reform now. Throw lawyers in jail later.
User currently offlineJaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1133 times:

Why is he surprised?

Iraqis voted on sectarian grounds with the right wing fundamentalist Shias getting a near majority. Voters who voted for Jean Marie LePen in France weren't voting for views on renewable energy resources and global warming. They voted for his racist views which they shared. Did Hitler say that he'd promise improved airconditioning, or that Jews should be annihilated?

Ugly ideology almost always trumps garbage collection.

Maybe one can hope that Hamas will be too busy collecting the garbage instead of sending lunatics to blow up Israeli teenagers at the Pizza Hut.


User currently offlineFalcon84 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1101 times:

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 1):
Another excellent article by an exceptional writer, who just happens to be conservative

I've rarely agreed with Krauthammer, but you're right Tex, he is an outstanding writer, and he's always very thought-provoking.

I dearly hope his conclusion of what the Palestinain people want-"Blood, death, and romanticism"-is wrong. But I absolutely agree with is conclusion of what the consequences are if they stick to that 60-year old path. And I think he's right: Mr. Bush should stop all aid to the Palestinian government until such a time-if they're able-to show the world they want peace.


User currently offlineHalls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1084 times:

Quoting Falcon84 (Reply 3):
I dearly hope his conclusion of what the Palestinain people want-"Blood, death, and romanticism"-is wrong. But I absolutely agree with is conclusion of what the consequences are if they stick to that 60-year old path. And I think he's right: Mr. Bush should stop all aid to the Palestinian government until such a time-if they're able-to show the world they want peace.

I hope it isn't just the US that withholds aid - the rest of the donor countries must deliver a strong message to Hamas that terror murders must cease.


User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1048 times:

Quoting Texdravid (Reply 1):
What this man has done after his tragic accident while a freshman at Harvard Medical School is amazing. He still managed to finish medical school, go through residency in Psychiatry, and became a distinguished academic professor at Harvard. He gave up that life to become a columnist, and a great one at that. His views are crisp, concise and finally nuanced. He doesn't shrill for Republicans or Bush, as he famously broke with the Prez for nominating Harriet Miers.

It is very amazing. Do you happen to know the details of his accident? All I've heard was that it was a diving accident....


User currently offlineCasInterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4624 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1031 times:

What we have with Hamas is a very simple issue.
They renounce and change the party platform that calls for the destruction, and they keep the aid.

I can understand very clearly reasons to oust a government, however with many attacks over the years and fighting, there is some very bad blood between Hamas and Israel. Old wounds die hard, and I would like for a democratically elected leader to have a chance, so the solution is simple.

Hamas yanks a very hateful, Nazi like, doctrine from the party agenda. The Aid keeps flowing. If they decide to proceed and attack israel, the aid gets withdrawn. Hopefully they can implement policies to help override the corruption of the previous goverment.



Older than I just was ,and younger than I will soo be.
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