Monday, July 17, 2006

Land for Peace Works Wonders (Not!)

Miss Anonymous Opinion has written an insightful post about the connection between Israel's decision to turn over some land in Gaza to the Palestinians and their current troubles in that region. Yanking people from their border homes in exchange for peace has certainly worked well, don't you think?

I remember exactly where I was when the news broke on that story. I had just pulled in to Brandywine Creek State Park. I sat in my car all but spitting at the radio, "Stu-pid! Stu-pid! Stu-pid!" along with some other enlightened commentary. If they had just asked me before they made that ridiculous agreement, I could have told them the results. These people don't want a little land. They want Israel and the Jewish people gone from the earth. They simply can't be reasoned with because they are not reason-able.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world watches and waits to see how big this current storm will grow.


At 7/17/2006 10:21 AM, Blogger ColossusHube said...

Amen. This is exactly the case, AV.

At 7/17/2006 3:36 PM, Anonymous Andy said...

Clearly this land exchange has not had the intended consequences. A few things to keep in mind:

As I recall, Israel relinquished control of the land, but also evicted many Palestinians from another region. Regardless of whether this solution was reasonable or not, many Arabs can and will play that card.

Even if the Middle East does not largely factor in the Gaza pullout into its view on Israel, the rest of the world can still acknowledge it. The more good Israel does for Arabs, the more public opinion will turn to them outside of the region. To use an extreme hypothetical example, if Hezbollah was to bomb Tel Aviv and Israel responded by sending huge food shipments into the Gaza Strip, even nations outside the region predisposed to condemn Israel would have little choice but to support it.

At 7/17/2006 6:21 PM, Blogger AnonymousOpinion said...

Thanks for the link, AV!

At 7/18/2006 3:24 PM, Blogger Duffy said...

I have to disagree. Israel's withdrawal was a good idea. The settlements were a drum their enemies used to beat constantly. Removing that arugement helped. Moreover, withdrawing to defensible borders and sealing them was designed to put the pressure on the Palestinian government (such as it is). What followed was a civil war between gangs for control of Palestine. They turned their guns on each other instead of Israelis. They have been able to keep the suicide bombers out. Not one has come from Gaza. Now we're seeing this war errupt as a consequence of Iranian desperation. They need a war to keep the state from collapsing. Only time will tell if it works.


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