Sobering up
Posted by aogFriday, 12 November 2004 at 12:05 TrackBack Ping URL

I read these hagiographic eulogies for Yassir Arafat and complaints about how President Bush doesn’t care about the Palestinians, presumably because he snubbed Arafat.

I find that viewpoint bizarre, because no one (and I mean no one) did more damage to the Palestinians than Arafat. His entire career consisting of selling out the Palestinians for his own benefit, generally to either Arab dictators or the chattering classes in Europe and elsewhere. I cannot think of one thing Arafat ever did that benefitted his subjects. Arafat didn’t advance the cause of Palestinian statehood, he strangled it in its crib. But Arafat didn’t limit his depredations to the Palestinians, he didn’t just slaughter Israelis indistriminately, he also coarsened and degraded the social fabric of the entire world. People are upset about the attack on a school in Beslan, but that was a tactic introduced to modern history by — Yassir Arafat. For this he’s considered an admirable figure?

This is why Bush’s snub of Arafat demonstrates more real concern for the fate of the Palestinians that I’ve seen from any other world leader. If you have a wino, you don’t improve his condition by getting him a better vintage. You take the bottle away. Arafat was the tasty but poisonous drink keeping the Palestinians bleeding in the gutter. Every award, every prestigious meeting with him was just putting a better label on the same old bottle of rotgut. I suspect much of it was moral cowardice, because the besotted get surly if you take away the sauce. Only Bush had the courage to say “that’s enough - get sober”.

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Dave Sheridan Tuesday, 16 November 2004 at 03:33

Sometimes it’s easier to talk sense into a drunk when he has an acute hangover. After the shootup the other day, it’s going to start dawning on people that it’s OK to admit there is indeed a problem. The Palestinians’ strategic options, aside from sobering up and deciding they’re serious about being a country, aren’t really all that attractive. It would be in their and everyone else’s interest to help them narrow their options.

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 16 November 2004 at 10:07

The problem is that the historical record leaves little hope that the Palestinians will act in their own best interests, since they never have in the past.

Dave Wednesday, 17 November 2004 at 03:28

Sad, but true. In the meantime, they’ve raised almost two full generations of haters, and it’s hard to see how you structure a modern civil society around that.

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