Tuesday, June 1, 2010

another round of "blame Israel"

The “Freedom Flotilla” Tragedy

A bit ago, I had an entry about how Arizona just can't seem to do anything right. Perhaps they should consult with the one entity (short of God) about whom so many people seem to blame everything, Israel.

Like the Sojo writer here.

The Flotilla refused demands they dock at an Israeli port, because their journey is in part humanitarian in the narrow sense, and in part it represents a demand that the blockade be ended and the Palestinians treated as a People worthy of respect and direct relationship, not mere mendicants hungry for a handout. That respect is what the Israeli government refused — and has refused for years.

Hmm...maybe Israel is a bit tired of having Palestinians shoot missles at them. Or maybe they're just a bit leary of the neighbors who have promised to kill all of them. Don't know about you, but if my next-door neighbor was threatening to kill me or my family, and I could stop someone else from giving him a gun, I'd likely do my darnedest to stop that someone else.

But if Israel does so, it's a crime, for whatever reason.

There is much that is valuable and decent and sensible in Israeli society. But the actions of its present government are a danger to the peace of the whole world — including the United States. That government will not change on its own. Although Hamas has in the last year shown some readiness to change, after the events of this weekend it will be much harder for Hamas to change on its own.

If Israel's right to defend herself is so destabilizing, then the situation likely requires more than some nice words. And Palestinian rulers have not been the most reliable when their demands are met. It usually seems to inflame them.

It's sad, really. No doubt there are decent Palestinians, ones who didn't dance in the streets when 9-11 happened, or who have remorse or repentence for doing so, but their rulers are no such people, and Israel is right to not trust them. Or such camera-hungry, incident causing 'humanitarians'.

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