Monday, June 12, 2006

Israel Is NOT A 4-Star Restaurant

Ok, I have reached the terminal nexus when it comes to how the world views the treatment of Palestinians by Israel.

I'm only going to say this once (and then again, and again, and again, until I have no more breath left in my body): Israel is at war, and has been since its inception in 1948. Not once has it not needed a formidable fighting force/army to enforce its soverignty. Without at least a strong deterrent Israel would be attacked by million of Arabs who have not stopped calling for its destruction.

The simple truth of the matter is that Palestine has been imbued with the hate that all arab countries seem to feel en masse towards Israel. They have been indoctrinated with the belief that Israel is evil, Jews are evil, and both should be destroyed. And the Palestinian people have never been fairly represented or given a shot at being real citizens of this world. They have been kept in squalor by their arab neighbors so they can be used as a chess piece against Israel.

In effect, Israel is at war with Palestine. Have been especially since the start of the "2nd intafada" of 2000, which Arafat started. There is no way out. Nothing Israel can do will end this war while remaining in existence. I'll say that again. There is nothing Israel can do, no one for Israel to bargain with, that will end this war with Israel still existing.

So how is Israel supposed to treat Palestinians? How is Israel supposed to be fair and balanced to people dedicated to killing it? How can it be vilified for treating Palestinians like crap when everyone of them is a threat?

Israel is not a waiter at an upscale restaurant that has to treat its customers well in order to recieve good tips (and not worldwide boycotts.) Israel is a legal nation state built with the blood, sweat, and tears of good people, and it is under attack by bigots and fascists who try to portray it as a country that is racist like South Africa. Give Israel and its people one, simple, chance at a life of peace with its neighbors, and see what happens. Until that does happen, it is at war, and its actions are appropriate. You wouldn't hug the person trying to kill you, would you?


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