June 16, 2007

In Aftermath of Gaza Battle, Grim Realities - New York Times

In Aftermath of Gaza Battle, Grim Realities - New York Times


"While the violence was largely over, people worried not only about daily survival but also about how the round of deadly infighting — killing a reported 116 people — postponed hope for an independent and unified Palestinian state.

“These are the darkest days of my life,” said Ahmad Sawafiri, 47, a taxi driver. “What comes after all of this?

“We went backward 100 years.”

This taxi driver's quote sums up the civil war in Gaza. The Palestinians continually show themselves incapable of unified self- government and building a healthy civil society. Should we expect anything more from the Hamas terrorists sponsored by Iran and other radical Islamic groups?

Israel did the right thing in getting out of Gaza and allowing the world to see what's really important to Palestinians. It's not peace, but power that that drives the moderate Palestinians. For Hamas, violence and hatred of Jews and the West and probably the desire for an Islamic state drives them. One might make peace with the moderates, but not with the radicals. Israel is right to avoid all negotiations with Hamas.

The West's strategy to isolate Hamas, however, will only succeed if moderate Islamic regimes can influence Hamas to abandon its terrorist mission. If that's not possible, then continued extermination of their leadership is necessary.

I believe the time will come when Israel will find itself attacked simultaneously by Hezbollah and Hamas, sponsored by Iran and Syria. Let's hope they are able to deal them both a crushing defeat.
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