Any realistic assessment of the Palestinian matter has to start from the fact that Palestinian terrorism is not sui generis. The Palestinians have nothing. With essentially no economy they live off the kindness of strangers. But the "kindness" comes with sanguinary strings attached. From Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq (while Saddam was in power, and perhaps still from his coffers) quite a lot of money comes in to the West Bank and Gaza to fund terrorism. If those same funds were put to constructive use, the Palestinian territories would look like Beverly Hills rather than the blood-spattered slums we see on the news everyday....and more to say about the war between Israel and Arabs.
As I have said more than once, the Arab nations don't give a damn about the Palestinians. They are using them as proxies, as cannon fodder in their never-ending war against Israel. There is no possibility of peace in the area, far less the Middle East as a whole, until we face the facts of Yassir Arafat and his bankers.
Thursday, August 28, 2003
The Spectator Online has this...