Thursday, November 11, 2004
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last
From the Sulzberger Entity:
It says much about the depths to which prospects for peace in the Mideast have fallen that it comes as a surprise that Israel and the Palestinians have agreed on where to bury Yasir Arafat, whose death was announced today in France. It's a modest achievement, but a hopeful one.
Yesterday, bulldozers were clearing the way for the Ramallah burial site, which Palestinian leaders said would be temporary, until Palestinians got East Jerusalem back. That is undoubtedly a fight for another day. Right now, the Palestinians will be able to bury their leader with dignity and respect. It's a start, and given the intractable hostility of recent years, even a small start is a good thing.
Of course, as any sentient person who reads carefully and who reads MEMRI knows, any giveback or concession on the part of the Israelis is regarded as weakness and stupidity by the Arabs, who of course have never renounced their plans to destroy Israel. There have been any number of documented cases where the decedent has said that any "peace" plan was merely an intermediate step towards his judenreintraum. In the Times' obituary of the decedent (which runs to eight online pages, I haven't picked up the dead tree edition) we find this quote:
Henry Siegman, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, called Mr. Arafat's rejection of the American-brokered peace package a "disastrous mistake.'' But, he added, "based on my 14 years of dealings with Arafat, I reject the notion that he was bent on Israel's destruction." Rather, he said, Mr. Arafat's decision reflected his political weakness, a result partly of Israel's acceleration of settlement expansion and Mr. Barak's lack of interest in peace with the Palestinians until his own government began collapsing.
Notice how they find someone with a Jewish-sounding name who's an apologist for the decedent's intentions. Continuing the shibboleth:
The International Crisis Group, an independent Brussels-based group that studies global issues, partly blamed the Palestinian leadership. "Recent power struggles, armed clashes, and demonstrations do not pit Palestinians against Israelis so much as Palestinians against each other,'' the report stated.
Under Mr. Arafat, local actors like mayors, kinship networks and armed militias competed for authority in the vacuum. One result, the report said, was growing chaos.
Notice a couple of things about this quote. First, the name of the group, which in the days of the Comintern would set off the Commie-Front Detector, obviously indicating a left-wing agenda. Second, notice the word "independent", a sure sign in any Sulzberger-affiliated paper that it is aligned with its editorial weltanschaung. Third, it's located in Brussels, which only indicates that they're a pathetic EU mouthpiece (either that or they like to eat and drink well; let's face it, other than the food, beer and chocolate, Belgium for the most part is a dreary place). And notice the word "partly". Obviously careful editing to avoid any unfortunate references that might actually not go down well at Emanu-El.
Notice the Viking funeral they've got going for the decedent already. Interesting to note that Thabo Mbeki, president of South Africa, will be attending, one of the few heads of state other than Chirac and his Arab masters. Mbeki is of course Mandela's protege and given Mandela's love of the decedent that's unsurprising....
And speaking of Salope Jacques, this news story sums him up nicely. Contrast that with the integrity and fortitude of John Howard, who again proves himself a gentleman, statesman, and friend of freedom.