Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Brief Notes: Simple Truths
Mitt Romney seems to have annoyed some on the left when he claimed, rightly, that the Palestinians do not want peace. The fact of the matter, of course, is that the Palestinian leadership wants eventual victory, not peace, because if they wanted a state of their own in peace next to the Jewish one they could have had that many times over.
It is long, long past time to acknowledge some simple and obvious truths that somehow elude so many progressive-left Jewish supporters of Israel and the result is that the Jewish people are essentially held hostage. We are held hostage to what I like to call the Oslo Delusion. The Oslo Delusion posits that there is still something going on called a "peace process" and that if only Israel would do this, that, or the other, then the poor, oppressed Palestinians will finally agree to autonomy and self-determination and will stop teaching their children to despise Jews. I have never in my life heard of an oppressed people who absolutely refuse to give up their oppression unless every single demand that they make is met.
But here is yet another simple, obvious truth that seems, somehow, to elude so many people.
Mahmoud Abbas is not the "president" of anything. Not if you consider the position of president to be an elected position. Abbas' term ran out years ago. He is therefore dictator Abbas and should be referred to as such.
And that's really all I have to say on this fine morning, yet it never ceases to amaze me how intelligent people can delude themselves so completely. Sort of like fizziks who refuses to acknowledge that BDS is a movement coming out of the progressive-left. That particular truth is so obvious that it boggles my mind that anyone who follows the Arab-Israel conflict could miss it.
In any case, it's dictator Abbas, not president Abbas.