Re: The issues of Israel and Palestine, terrorism

Date: Sun 24 Nov 2002 - 19:24:16 GMT

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    > Hi, everyone,
    > For the record, I am not the author of the quotes attributed to me,
    > below...
    > I did earlier ask Joe how Dar Yassin, specifically, fit into his
    > cheery view that the Palestinians just left voluntarily, but I don't
    > think he ever assayed an answer. There is also the affiliated matter
    > of fake broadcasts made to the Palestinians by the Ben Gurion
    > leadership.
    > I am primarily interested in 'terror' as a strategy. Is it ever a
    > legitimate strategy? Which ever way one answers the question, is one
    > ready to apply the answer uniformly to all parties?
    > For example, I have before me a book by Doris Katz, THE LADY WAS A
    > TERRORIST, During Israel's War of Liberation. New York: Shiloni
    > Publishers, 1953, in which she recounts her exploits and those of
    > others in the Irgun. I read the book and a real person comes to life,
    > not entirely unattractive one. Compare it to Leila Khaled's book,
    > where another real person comes to life, also not entirely
    > unattractive. Both terrorists, one for Israel, one for Palestine.
    > Were they both right to do what they did? Were they both wrong?
    > One of the problems with the Israeli-Palestinian debate is the lack of
    > intellectual integrity that permeates it, and I mean the term
    > 'integrity' technically, rather than moralistically. One-sided
    > explanations often set up an odd internal contradiction: behaviors of
    > others are condemned vociferously, though they are behaviors
    > undertaken by the very party offering the explanation.
    > The reality is that both the Israelis and the Palestinians have used
    > and use today the methods of terror. Both assert that they aren't
    > terrorists: only the other party is. Both assert that they are merely
    > retaliating for the depredations of the other. Both assert that their
    > existence is at stake, and that that is why they are driven to these
    > measures. They are both, at the same time, both wrong and right,
    > locked in a tight embrace of death. They both have sizable portions
    > of their populations who reject the embrace and the use of terror by
    > both, and they both have even larger portions of their populations who
    > believe that they are driven to it, that they have no choice.
    > Cheers,
    > Lawry

    I am pleasantly surprised; another reasonable post. Past pre-Israeli-state Jewish terror was most often carried out against British infrastructure targets, rather than against indigenous Palestinians. The Israelis were not sad to see the Palestinians clear out in 1948 to make room for the invading Muslim armies, and, wittingly or not, colluded with their adversaries to facilitate same. None of this, however, excuses the present avalanche of indiscriminate Palestinian suicide bombings against Israeli civilians. Palestinian attacks have killed a much greater percentage of Israeli women, children and the elderly than the other way around.

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