The Heirs of Gaza

And the Palestinians show themselves to be worthy heirs of Gaza.

Palestinians looted dozens of greenhouses, walking off with irrigation hoses, water pumps and plastic sheeting in a blow to fledgling efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip.

American Jewish donors had bought more than 3,000 greenhouses from Israeli settlers in Gaza for 14 million US dollars last month, and transferred them to the Palestinian Authority.

Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who brokered the deal, put up 500,000 dollars of his own cash.

Meanwhile in Gaza City, tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered for the largest Hamas demonstration ever seen there, celebrating the Israeli pullout a huge statement of strength by the militant Islamic movement.

Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar insisted his group would not disarm.

“These weapons will remain aimed at the chest of the enemy until we achieve liberation, God willing,” he told the crowd. “We are not going to rest until we raise the flag of Islam over the minarets of Jerusalem.”

Appeasement does not work. Period.

11 thoughts on “The Heirs of Gaza

  1. Who’s surprised here? The real news is that Palestinians are culturally retarded. When you butcher your own rehabilitation with such a uselessly anti-Semite gesture, you pretty much deserve living in wretched poverty and gross neglect.


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  3. I suggest total annihilation of the enemy. Ethnic cleansing is the only way to rid us of Palestinians.
    Seriously though, what can you possibly do there other than wipe out one side or the other? This is why wars and conflicts in the future are going to last longer and be more guerrila/terrorist oriented, because the conflict is allowed to simmer instead of being dealt with. That’s the problem with trying to fight nice.

  4. Hamas is a already a designated foreign terrorist organization. It does not represent all Palestinians, and I sure hope everyone is being tongue in cheek about anhialating an entire people. I find it too nauseous of an idea to even try and be in good humor about it.

  5. I don’t advocate ethnic cleansing, but the point is that clean wars end up lasting forever. Unless the enemy is completely eliminated a war is always brewing. Appeasment doesn’t work, and neither does war with rules. The point I’m trying to make is that unless you advocate total annihilation, appeasement is just as crappy an option as anything else. The last war that was won in a definite way, where the loser and winner were obvious was WWII in which the Allies went all out on civillians. No one in their right mind would suggest that the Israelis should just wipe out the Palestinians, and neither would I, killing innocents is terrible; however, it’s one of the few ways to get total peace.
    All of that is to say, don’t knock appeasement unless you’re willing to go all out.

  6. a very true assessment. Certainly we see this mentality come into play with the two atomic bomb attacks in Japan. This action killed thousands of women and children; those who had nothing to do with the war, those who were for it; and those who spoke for peace between the Americans and Japanese; they all died together when the bombs hit on target. However, that was a quick, effective means at finishing the war with the Japanese. Without a single doubt, dropping the bombs saved not only hundreds of thousands of American lives, but millions of Japanses citizens.

    Wouldn’t it be easier to go over to Iraq, give some final warning like flying overhead of all the neighborhoods, marketplaces, and nasty terrorist encampments, saying “We will be dropping a nuclear weapon on this localtion at exactly midnight next thursday. If you are out of the aera, you will survive. If you refuse to leave you will be vaporized.

    I’m sure hat never is there anything that easy we could do, but we are really slipping into an unwinnable war of attrition. We’re like a great lion who is laying “Go Fish” with a mouse. We need to get busy and wipe out the mice. This is the only way our country can “win this war” and return our money and attention to problems here at home.

  7. We flew over Nagasaki dropping fliers saying we were about to drop a nuclear weapon. It didn’t do any good. Just look at the inability of some people to get out of the way of a hurricane, then think about the poor in an area that has already been ravaged.

    We had a chance to “wipe out the mice” in Afghanistan, but we left too soon in order to invade Iraq, and let the population of terrorists get stronger, not be wiped out. Where, oh where, is Osama bin Ladin?

    The end of WWII was nowhere near “total” peace, and there hasn’t been total peace in this country for a single day since then, either. We immediately went into the Korean War, Vietnam, the War on Drugs into Central America, the Gulf War, various “peacekeeping” operations, Afghanistan, and the Iraq war. Certain parts of Asia are still terrified of Japan, and are happy that the U.S. is still there as a watchdog, even though we in the U.S. don’t think of Japan like that because it is a major economic ally. Yet, despite our view toward Japan, Okanowa isn’t even on the national map, and no one wants to talk about our base there. Total peace? I think that’s a pretty naive and Hollywoodized view of the end of WWII.

  8. Sheesh, Kyle, if you want to make an intelligent argument that lots of disparate people can find common ground with, don’t bring up a bunch of unrelated points that will only isolate you from potential allies.

    “Left too soon” from Afghanistan? We’re still there, with some other foreign contingents, and they’re about to vote. The population of terrorists there is not getting stronger, but you can make an argument that the warlords are still in control of parts of the country. And the US seems to have no idea what to do with the poppy fields. But pointing to bin Laden’s unknown whereabouts isn’t especially relevant now. You’re stuck in 2002.

    “Certain parts of Asia are still terrified by Japan”…you mean communist China? Of course it’s afraid of an economic powerhouse now openlly discussing getting rid of the pacifist portions of its constitution. That’s not a bad thing. And you’re certainly twisting fluger’s “total peace” statement, which was obviously intended to mean one conflict with one country. Japan is a prosperous economy that doesn’t meddle with its neighbors, unlike China and its saber rattling toward Taiwan and Tibet.

  9. Frankly I have a very good understanding of WWII, and what I meant by peace was that the opponents of WWII, Japan and Germany have since then ceased to be our enemies. What I meant was that the war was resolved. WWII was the culmination of centuries of buildup of anger and technology and ideology in both Europe and Asia, and the only way to finish the job was to completely devestate the losers. And the a-bombs are just the beginning, the firestorms that we unleashed on Tokyo and Dresden killed far more people and were more destructive than the nukes, we had the cabapility of wiping out entire cities from the air without harnessing the atom.

    I’m not saying WWII ended all wars, of course not, but what was being fought for in WWII was not fought for again. The wars that have followed have not really ended or been resolved in the same way, the conflicts are all still simmering in one sense or another, because we are unwilling as a species to go to the lengths it takes to resolve a conflict. I agree with “clean war” from an ethical perspective, but I wonder about the long-term problems. Would there be more people killed in the long run if we try and fight clean? But that is a very Machiavellian perspective, and unjustifiable to anyone really, so its a moot point. We’re not going to use terorist tactics to win anything, because the victory would be hollow.

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