It’s been some week in Gaza — the Palestinian Arab civil war has become an all-out action movie.
Hamas fighters lob mortars at the compound where the Palestinian Arab president, Mahmoud Abbas, hides. Egypt sends freshly armed Fatah fighters across its borders to kill other Palestinians. The interior minister of the Palestinian Authority resigns, saying he has no authority. Meanwhile, most of Gaza’s 1 million residents are holed up in their homes as men with black ski masks stake out positions on rooftops and derelict streets.
Are these people ashamed of what they are doing? If not, why do they always wear a mask of some sort?
The escalation coincided with the 59th commemoration of what the Palestinian Arabs call “Al Naqba,” on Tuesday. The word means “catastrophe” in Arabic, a reference to the creation of Israel in 1948. At the moment, however, the phrase Al Naqba more accurately portrays the current Palestinian conditions.
The only ‘catastrophe’ I’m aware of is the one these people have been causing for themselves for the last 59 years.
Yet amazingly, the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia, along with the president of Egypt, felt this was the right moment to warn a visiting Vice President Cheney that unless America helps put out the Palestinian Arab fires, it cannot begin to stabilize Iraq, win the war on terror, or halt Iran’s race for a nuclear bomb.
Excuse me, but they are right there. Why don’t THEY do something about the “fires”? Why does the world expect us to solve their problems? They created them, they need to fix them!
This formulaic Arab request is shorthand for asking America to “force” Israel to give up the West Bank and the Golan Heights and to deliver an independent Palestinian Arab state that could take in millions of Palestinian refugees. For special effect, the Jordanian monarch, King Abdullah, added that time was “running out” for America to get its act together on Arab-Israeli issues.
Israel has offered more land to the Palestinians than I ever would, yet they continuously bite the hand of friendship. For the life of me, I can’t understand why anyone would want to move to that area, unless they don’t mind getting shot or blown up by their own people, or used as a human shield. That seems to be the latest M.O. for the Palestinians. I guess the reason Jordon, Saudi Arabia or Egypt want to take in any of those ‘refugees’. Wonder why?
All drama aside, America has undertaken all the peacemaking opportunities available and done so at a huge cost in both treasury and good will. In the 1970s and ’80s, America accomplished two Herculean tasks, landing peace treaties between Israel and Jordan, and between Israel and Egypt. The bill came in at more than $140 billion — and counting — and garnered few thank-you notes.
Yet, these people hate us. Can you imagine how much good that money could have done in THIS country?
Since Egypt and Israel signed on the dotted line on March 26, 1979, Israel has received some $80 billion, and Egypt has collected $60 billion, according to congressional statistics. If American spending on Egypt is far from over, so are the insults heaped on it daily in the Egyptian press.
Even the quarrelsome Palestinian Arabs who routinely burn American flags have received well over $20 billion in food and humanitarian aid from Uncle Sam.
Obviously, their appreciation of our tax dollars flows freely. (read serious sarcasm)
Whether it is money well spent is arguable. What is certain is that America, while Europe and the Arab countries watched, has done more than its share as a Middle East peacemaker. Now, with the problems of Iraq, the rise of Islamist terror, China’s growing might, and a rising Russian challenge, America has other fish to fry.
Some days, I’m all for isolationism, and after reading things like this, today is another one. If I had my way, not one more dime would be sent to any of them. I would stand strong with Israel, and let the rest of the Middle East destroy itself. Do I care about the ‘poor starving children’ of those countries? Of course I do. Evidently more than their own damn parents!