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The New York Times reports that the Palestinians have begun to sense what a public relations disaster their civil war has become. At the same time they demand recognition as a state, they have proven that they cannot hold one together. Of course, Palestinian academics always know who to blame for their culture of death:
The fierce internal clashes between Palestinian factions have shocked many Palestinians and Arab governments, who fear that the continuing bloodshed is damaging the Palestinian image before the world, Palestinians say.
“This fighting affects everyone’s morale,” said Daoud Kuttab, a Palestinian analyst who teaches at Al Quds University here. “We always felt we had this one big asset, our social unity as Palestinians, but to see it shredding, with lives being shed without much concern, is horrible. We’ve lost a lot of sensitivity to these deaths, to those killed by the Israelis and ourselves.”
Even as the Bush administration has moved in its second term to try for significant progress toward peace, Palestinians say their own infighting is making it too easy for Israel to argue that the time is not right to promote a Palestinian state.
Did you get that? Their insensitivity to death comes from all of the Palestinians killed by Israelis, rather than the countless men, women, and children killed by Palestinian terrorists since Yasser Arafat first formed the PLO. Their culture of death comes from the Israelis and not their own twisted culture that lionizes lunatics who blow up pizzerias and falafel stands.
Kuttab doesn't even have the excuse of ignorance for these comments. The scholar noted that the violence increased exponentially when the Israelis did what the Palestinians demanded -- withdraw from Gaza. Instead of taking the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to govern, they showed themselves incapable of any sort of self-control, and the only leadership that they have created are terrorist warlords.
They have made their own bed over five decades of terrorism and self-immolation. They have no one to blame but themselves.Sphere It View blog reactions
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