Ok, this post is sure to make me look like a "traitor Zionist loving infidel dog" to the majority of Arab or middleeastern viewers. But i figure, hey, they probably think that of me anyway, why should i keep my mouth shut to keep them happy?
Not to mention, it's not like anything i am gonna write here isn't true- and they know it- anyway!
Today, we are gonna talk a little bit about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, since the writer of this blog comes from the middle-east and you can never really evade that subject for long before it catches up to you.
But don't worry, i will not venture into a history lesson today. There will be the time and place for that. This will strictly be current events.
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It is not a secret to anyone that the middle-east peace process has been frozen for quite some time now, with the "Roadmap" not really utilized at all by any of the parties due in part to the fact that Yasser Arafat was so corrupt and in love with power that he let his own people suffer for the past 3 years rather then resign and have someone with some kind of credibility to negotiate with Sharon. I always wondered why that was until i found out after his death that this piece of shit actually had stolen all the Palestinian government funds and had them stashed in Switzerland, under the care of his incredibly younger and mostly reviled wife Soha, who now refuses to give back that money to the Palestinian people, even though it's really theirs.
I was extremely glad when Arafat died cause in my life I have never hated an Arab leader like I hated this bastard. The reasons for hating him are numerous : from him sabotaging the peace process, to him waging a civil war against King Hussein ( who let him and the Palestinians in his country as guests) in 1970, to most recently him supporting Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in the early 1990's. But the number one reason I really hated him was due to his reaction to the Egyptian President Sadat's assassination. That bastard, upon hearing the news, started dancing and shooting gunshots in the air in celebration, cause the "Traitor" got killed.
You can imagine how much i wanted to puke when the government agreed to have his funeral in Egypt when he died. I was fuming! But that was the only Funeral that Soha could attend for him, cause she knew if she went with the body to Ramallah the PA would have ate her alive and most importantly taken back the money. And we couldn't have that now could we? Anyway....
Arafat's death, however, opened up the door for the revival of the middle-east peace process, with the possibility of another Palestinian leader rising and re-starting the negotiations with the Israelis all over again. And in typical Arab fashion, former Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas was chosen to run unopposed as his successor. People started talking again with a little hope that things might get better. Abbas will be able to negotiate with Sharon. Sharon and Bush no longer have an excuse to oppress and kill the Palestinian people..blah blah blah!
Well, i am sad to say that it really doesn't look that promising, nor does it look like there will be any difference between Abbas and Arafat in terms of cracking down on Palestinian terrorists. In an interview with AP,
Abbas said he would not crack down on "militants," but said the gunmen are ready "to live within the society" if they are granted peace and security. "To remain wanted here and there, this is something no one could accept."
Oh, and the sad thing is, that's not the worst thing he said... there is more
Referring to terrorists on Israel's most wanted list, Abbas pledged, "When we see them, when we meet them, and when they welcome us, we owe them. This debt always is to protect them from assassination, to protect them from killing, and all these things they are subject to by the Israelis."
And if that is not enough to squash all your hopes and dreams for this really old stupid conflict to be resolved anytime soon, not to mention to add insult to injury, Abbas decided to top it all by attacking-yes you heard me, attacking-Sharon for his plan to withdraw from the Gaza strip:
Abbas said Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank in 2005 is "unacceptable," and he demanded a resumption of peace talks based on the internationally backed "road map" peace plan.
Some people say that this is just politics. That Abbas is only saying those things to get himself elected with some "Street cred", since, u know, he has no charisma to speak of. But for me that sounds like a cop-out, cause if he is pandering to the militants now, how the hell do we expect him to take the necessary measures to keep them in check and /or crackdown on them when they pull another terrorist attack or suicide bombing? I mean, as the article wonders " what does it say about the state of Palestinian society when a candidate for the head of its government needs to pledge support for terrorism?". The man is pandering to the extremists and he didn't even get in office yet. You don't think he will continue pandering in order to get re-elected or (possibly) not get assassinated?
On the other hand, Sharon's plan to give back the Palestinians some of their land back, well, isn't exactly making him popular with the extremists in his own party or country. The climate in Israel currently eerily echoes the climate right before Rabin got assassinated
. I would be surprised if there wasn't an Israeli attempt on Sharon's life by the end of this year. Sharon also knows this, but that doesn't seem to bother or dissuade him much. He is going ahead with with his plan anyway, cause that's what leaders are supposed to do, you know, to do what's right no matter what it may cost them.
You know, sometimes i wish we had someone like that running the middle-east governments. Maybe we wouldn't still be in the miserable shape we are in these days.