Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

October 30, 2005

Peace and Opportunities

Filed under: — Different River @ 1:51 pm

A reader writes:

Somehow, I think the headline to this article is over-hopeful:

“Israelis, Palestinians to Cease Fighting”

By IBRAHIM BARZAK, Associated Press Writer

Not only is it over-hopeful, but it underscores the futility of Sharon’s withdrawal from Gaza:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to halt nearly a week of fighting after militant groups pledged to halt rocket fire on southern Israeli towns, Palestinian officials said Sunday.

The deal, which Israeli officials refused to confirm, would bring an end to the second serious round of violence since Israel completed its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip last month.

Remember the whole point of the withdrawal from Gaza was that it was supposed to reduce violence. Palestinians in Gaza were attacking and killing Jews with rockets, suicide bombers, and sniper attacks, and the “solution” was clear — get the Jews out, and the Palestinians will stop fighting, because they are jusdt upset that Jews live among them.

Turns out, of course, that they are upset Jews live anywhere, and they’ll attack Jews anytime they can get within rocket range of them. And it’s a lot easier for them to obtain, set up, and use the rockets, now that they have Gaza all to themselves.

Of course, the article has yet another example of how the media can use the pretense of objectivity to mislead people as to what’s going on:

While many had expected the withdrawal to restart peace efforts, the two sides have so far failed to capitalize on the opportunity.

The “two sides”? Read that carefully: one side withdraws from an area and expels their own citizens for the sake of peace, and the other side responds by shooting rockets into the other side’s residential neighborhoods. But “the two sides” have “failed to capitalize on the opportunity”? One of them created the opportunity! It was the other side that failed to capitalize on the opportunity — or more precisely, they capitalized an the opportunity: the opportunity to shoot more rockets and kill more Jews, not the opportunity for peace.

Peace which, apparently, is not their objective. Any policy predicated on the assumption — contrary to all evidence — that peace is their objective is doomed to failure.

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