Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Even the supposed "non-militants" fire rifles in celebration

The latest news is that Hamas won an unexpectedly high percentage of votes in the first "free" Palestinian elections (maybe as high as 39% to Fatah's 46%). Fatah will likely have to form a coalition government with the official party of the terrorists. Look how the former are celebrating, and remember, they're not terrorists (at least not officially):
In Gaza City, Fatah loyalists fired rifles out of car windows, sounded their horns and waved the yellow flag of their movement as they drove around the streets after getting word of the exit polls.

"Even though this is not the official result we have to celebrate," said 22-year-old Omar Abdel Al Raouf, waving an assault rifle from his car window. "The winner is the Palestinian people."
Wonderful. Now look at this picture of Hamas supporters, and you might conclude like I have that "there's not a dime's worth of difference" between the two parties (as George Wallace said in 1968).

Mahmoud Abbas dared to claim that last week's suicide bombing at an Israeli store, owned by an Israeli and frequented by Israelis, was meant to disrupt the Palestinian elections. The last time I looked, Tel Aviv was not a Palestinian city, the restaurant is not Palestinian-owned (or Fatah-owned), and the victims were not Palestinians. So how could that homicide bombing have had any more impact on the elections than the other attacks, including Palestinian gunmen who regularly break into West Bank homes to shoot Israeli settlers? How could the attack have been meant for anything but to kill innocent Jews?

Of course, leave it to the New York Times (through its International Herald Tribune) to turn it into a sob story about the terrorist who couldn't blow anyone up by himself and left behind a weeping family. Only 17 words are devoted to the victims, and those only to state the fact. The rest of the loathsome article describes the family's "shock," which is only because he's dead, not because that bastard tried to murder a lot of people.


Blogger Mike said...

You can't have anything approaching free elections until you have at least a semblance of a belief in the rule of law and some sort of working government set up. We can perilously close to cutting the corner with this on Iraq, and obviously the elections in the West Bank mean nothing.

As for suicide bombers (this one actually was, since he killed no one but himself), I don't care who they are or what their problem is. If they make a decision to act out against innocent civilians, yes, we should look at the conditions that caused them to do this, but do not have any sort of sympathy for them.

I'm sure they're roasting quite well right now.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 1:40:00 AM  
Blogger Perry Eidelbus said...

I fully agree we need to look into the conditions causing them, specifically the religious leaders who nurture such evil intentions in their "followers," and the corrupt leaders who steal money intended by the West to be economic aid.

Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:09:00 PM  

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