Saturday, August 20, 2005

Flags in Gaza Prove It's Not Over Yet

The pullout from Gaza is not the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; this is, of course, obvious to most observers. For those of you who wonder whether the terrorists will end their attacks with Gaza under Palestinian control, or even if they would do so if given control of the entire West Bank, check out this photo from today's Los Angeles Times.

That flag the Palestinian kid is holding? With the initials of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine at the bottom? Look at the upper left of the photo to see a stylized image of the entire country of Israel -- that's what they want: the whole thing.

I know I'm not going to make any new friends by using the word "they" above; I know one can't generalize about an entire population of people as easily as that. But I'm not changing it.

Call me a pessimist, or a cynic, or a hawk, or a naysayer... but this is not over. Let's hope the Palestinian people get past what Abba Eban said of them: "Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." The opportunity in front of us is peace and an end to bloodshed; let's take it.


Morning Star said...

Hi B2:

I totally agree! They want it all! I don't for a minute think that this is going to stop them. I read this morning that it's really just the beginning. On the other hand, I can't help thinking that I'd rather be somewhere in between the pillars of war and peace, then standing staunchly, unmoveable at one pillar or another. But how do we know?

Jack's Shack said...

As Abbas issued his decree, dozens of masked gunmen from the Hamas movement briefly took over the central square of Gaza City in a show of defiance against the Palestinian Authority's leader.

"We will keep all our weapons, and our military equipment, and we will develop it further, God willing. Our battle with the enemy is long and will continue," said a spokesman known only as Abu Obaideh.


It is not over.

Rachel from the land of Oz said...

one of Abbas' cronies was commenting the other day how now Palestinians are within missiles reach of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and that they have a border with a "friendly" country [obviously being Egypt]... there is no way this is over yet, and with a dangerous bastard like Abbas at the helm of the Palestinian Authority things can only get worse.

This is one of the best posts I have read on this issue. I'll be back to read your blog for sure.