I have been watching the Palestinians in their moment of grief as Israeli troops blast away at their buildings and infrastructure. I see them in tears as they bury their dead and scurry from building to building in search of food and water. And I honestly grieve for them.
But; what did they expect would happen after so many of their people murdered so many Israelis as part of their “peace” and territory negotiations? Did they really expect the Israelis to hold their fire forever, when everyday in Israel, was another day of terror and premeditated murder?
The Israeli government showed remarkable restraint during the suicide bombings and gratuitous daily murders. But; at the same time, the Israeli government said repeatedly that their patience would not last forever, and when they would respond, it would be with a vengeance.
So, if the Palestinians and the rest of the world are surprised; they shouldn’t be. The only surprise to me, was in the amount of time it took for the Israelis to say enough is enough.
Israel said time and time again, that if the Palestinians really wanted peace and security, all they had to do was stop killing Israelis. What could have been any easier to understand than that?
Now that the issue has come to this point, the price to the Palestinian people for Yasser Arafat’s stupidity is beyond reason and belief. While it is true that Israel has suffered enormously during the past many years as a result of Arafat’s deceit, Israel is a country with a powerful infrastructure. It won’t take long for the Israelis to get back on their feet, especially if this is the worst that it gets.
But; for the Palestinians, what is happening can only be measured as a disaster. For them, starting all over means just that. Starting all over again.
If Israel were to kill Arafat, they would be doing the Palestinian people the favor of their lives. Arafat has done nothing for the Palestinian people other than to lead them from one disaster to another. And this has to stop.
Arafat had the deal of the Palestinians’ lifetime in his hands at Camp David, but instead of grabbing it, he chose to walk away and condemn his people once again to the misery he has brought to them from his very beginning as the Palestinian people’s self appointed thug.
If the Palestinian people really want to end the violence, and get on with a normal, happy and productive life, they will do so only after Arafat leaves the picture.
After Arafat, and after the hate murders, perhaps the Palestinians could teach their children to love rather than hate. They could teach their children to be proud of their heritage. And they could teach all the things we teach our children, which makes them productive, compassionate and responsible world citizens. And finally, perhaps they will begin to look towards the future, opposed to the past.
But; none of this can happen as long as Yasser Arafat is in command.