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First as Tragedy, then as Farce August 30, 2006

Posted by federalist in Government, Social Politics.

Are there people too stupid for democracy?  The Palestinians seem determined to press the question.  Today’s news has this report about unemployed Palestinians in an organized protest against their elected government.  Armed with pita bread they chant “We are starving.”

Maybe the Palestinians are just putting on a farce for the world’s entertainment.  If not, well… maybe it’s just that the media have confused them as to how democracy is supposed to work.  A little background:

Hamas was overwhelmingly voted in earlier this year.  The Hamas-led government is broke because of a freeze on international aid that began in March.  Hamas has rebuffed international demands that it renounce violence and recognize Israel.   

That’s right: The Palestinians overwhelmingly elected a government whose explicit goal is the total destruction of its neighbor.  Other countries that used to give the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars a year have decided to call a time-out until the Palestinians get their act straight.  (Europeans were giving Hamas and the PLO money before, but that was back when they were simple terrorist organizations.  Not a bona-fide government!)

A few questions the Palestinians might want to consider:

  • If you can put together enough pita to wave before cameras, are you really starving?
  • If you can organize a protest over your unemployment, couldn’t you also organize a co-op to engage in productive labor?
  • If you elect a terrorist government, can you complain when anti-terror countries stop giving you money?
  • If after more than fifty years on the dole your nation can’t survive without foreign aid, isn’t it time to rethink your national strategy?
  • OK, that’s not fair.  After all, hundreds of millions in aid was taken by your former terrorist leader, Yasser Arafat, and you’re still paying his widow tens of millions of dollars to keep up her lifestyle in France.
  • If the international media didn’t give them so much attention, would the Palestinians act this stupid?


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