Thursday, June 01, 2006

Why Do They Hate Us?

I read this article by Pat Buchanan a couple of days ago.
“Why do they hate us?” So stunned Americans asked, after 9/11, when we learned that across the Arab world, many were saying, “The Americans had it coming.”

For a textbook example of why we are hated, consider Gaza and the West Bank. There, a brutal Israeli/U.S.-led cutoff in aid has been imposed on the Palestinians for voting the wrong way in a free election.

Immediately after Hamas’s victory, Israel halted the $55 million a month the Palestinian Authority received as its share of tax and customs revenue. Israel demanded Europe and the U.S. also end all aid to the PA until Hamas renounces terror, recognizes Israel, and disarms.

President Bush, though he was conducting a worldwide crusade for democracy and had urged that the Palestinian elections be held and Hamas participate, obediently complied. For months now, U.S. and European aid to the PA, half its budget, has been halted.

Is Pat Buchanan actually arguing that we should be giving foreign aid to a terrorist organization? I never realized he was such a proponent of foreign aid before. I wonder if it has anything to do with who the Palestinians' enemies are?

Yes, he's right. We did urge free elections. That doesn't obligate us to send them money even if they decide to elect a hostile government. They were free to elect terrorist thugs. Now they are free to accept the consequences.

The Palestinian people need to come to grips with this. If they want to expend their energy hating the West, then they can continue to live in their cesspool that isn't westernized. It reminds me of the line from the movie The Life of Brian.

Reg: All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

Taiwan didn't spend fifty years plotting ways to blow up people in Red China. They concentrated on building things. Making things. Things like money and prosperity. Maybe if the Palestinians spend the next fifty doing that instead of things like this, they won't live in such a shithole.

Fatah’s own Al Aqsa Brigades, took it upon themselves to make a favorable impression and today was the day they kicked off their public relations campaign.

How did they launch it? Did they bake cakes or distribute sweets to Israeli children? Nope. Did they send messages of good cheer accompanied by kegs of lemonade and vats of hummus? Nope. Did they blow kisses and smile fondly at Israeli passers-by while burying their weapons underground never to be seen again? Nope. Nope. Nope. They launched their campaign by killing a man in broad daylight, and then his alleged lover/mistress/girlfriend in broad daylight. I know what you’re thinking, you’re asking yourself whether this is an effective PR approach. That’s a valid question and I believe the Palestinians went out of their way to make this event truly unique and exemplary of what would happen in their ideal single state.

Also one other thing on the Pat Buchanan article. He wrote, "“Why do they hate us?” So stunned Americans asked, after 9/11, when we learned that across the Arab world, many were saying, “The Americans had it coming.”"

I for one don't remember asking that after 9/11. I remember asking, "How many bombs, missles, bullets, artillery shells, mortar rounds, and mines do we have?" I remember asking, "How long will it take the navel-gazing, 'let's find a way to blame America for this,' isolationist crowd to find a way to say this was America's fault?"

Every time I hear that question it makes me think of someone seeing a Klan lynching and asking, "Why do they hate blacks? Maybe if blacks just did a few more things that Robert Byrd approved of, the rednecks wouldn't hate them so much."

Thanks to Ace for pointing out the story of the murdering thugs.