The complete story behind the heartbreak of the Gaza pullout.
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The Incredibly Sad Gaza Withdrawal
For these past few days The Wise I has been watching this sad affair of a withdrawal from the Gaza strip by the Israelis.
And I know that this entire episode has to be one of the most painful decisions a head of state, especially in the form of Ariel Sharon who encouraged settlement in the Gaza, has ever had to make.
I understand the anguish those families must feel. Should my country decide that the swamps of Delaware must be turned over to Canada and that I, husband and animals must vacate, why I'd be heartbroken.
There's a story behind it all. The Wise I will try to provide simple details as best I understand them.
First, Bill Clinton, remember him? He's the President who spent more time dealing with Oral office affairs than dealing with terrorism.
Bill Clinton wanted to broker a peace deal between Israel and Palestine. Of course at the time Israel was forced to sit down with Yassar Arafat, one of the biggest thug, thief and terrorist of our times. Of course Bill Clinton just wanted his name on the accords as well as that elusive Nobel peace prize.
It's the sort of thing that happens when the citizenry elects a gadabout dishonest "leader" than a leader willing to do the right thing, no matter how much it hurts.
Now George W. Bush, who arguably is a better leader than Clinton, is trying to broker this difficult peace deal and he's trying to do it the right way.
Okay, there's no argument that Bush is a better leader than Clinton, as would be Howdy Doody. But Bush, unlike any other President before him, had to face an attack on our mainland soil and had to react appropriately. Whatever brickbats one might toss at Bush, he is a man who had to face head on the most sober reality that we all faced on 9-11.
Gaining a peace accord between Israel and Palestine is not to be done in pursuit of a Noble prize and a lying legacy. Gaining such a peace accord is now part and parcel of the War on Terror.
For Palestine has long been used by the sons of camels, thugs and thieves who control the oil wealth in that part of the world. Saddam himself gave the family of Palestinian suicide bombers $50,000 even while he was stealing from kind Americans who endorsed his fake "oil for palaces" program.
The Arabs drove the "Palestinians" out of their countries. Jordan didn't want them, Syria didn't want them, Egypt didn't want them.
The Palestinians- put in quotes above because there has NEVER been a country named Palestine and there is no indigenous group properly to be called Palestinians-were the criminals of the Arab world and how low do you have to go to get this title?
The pathetic people driven to a country erroneously called Palestine were kept in slums and squalor while Arafat lived the life of a King on the billions of dollars sent to help them throughout the years, were effective pawns against Israel.
Yes, Israel, that dreaded little country the size of New Jersey that so has the Arabs upset that they've spent many years trying to drive Israel into the sea.
Yet don't be fooled. The Arabs teaching little Palestinian children to aspire to die a suicide bomber don't really hate Israel. Well, yes, they hate Israel but not for anything Israel ever did to them. Israel is America's number one spy in the region and if not for the little democracy of Israel in their midst God knows what the Mideast would be like. Israel also bombed Saddam's little nuclear reactor to kingdom come for the safety of the world not that they get any credit for that.
This brings up two issues about Israel. That bit about being a democracy and that bit about being America's spy in the region. First, the democratic state of Israel VOTED to remove the settlers from the Gaza Strip. It was a close vote in their Lukkud, yes, but it was approved by a majority of Israel's elected representatives.
Second, Israel gets a bunch of bucks from America and is almost beholden to American wishes.
In order for there to ever be peace in the Mideast, and that's debatable I understand, there must be peace with Israel.
So Bush is going to allow the creation of a REAL Palestinian state. With Arafat long dead and burning in hell, it's a possibility. Clinton had no business negotiating with Arafat who was known as a puppet of the Arab sons of camels, thugs and thieves who financed him.
Oh, and the UN who kept the terror going rather than, say, effecting a peace as one would think a world body should do.
Instead of gathering all parties involved, effectively blackmailing Israel to negotiate with a known terrorist, Bush has laid out what is called a "road to peace".
As part of this road to peace, Israel must pull out of the Gaza Strip.
How Israel got into the Gaza Strip is part of an interesting story. For it was the Arabs who attacked Israel, using the Gaza Strip as a staging area for the attack. Little Israel beat back the Arabs, never known for their great military strength at any rate, then claimed the Gaza Strip.
In other words the Gaza Strip was captured in a war.
It happens. Our own country captured much of our territory during bloody wars with the Indians and the Mexicans.
Ariel Sharon was one of the Israeli army commanders who drove the Arabs back and help capture the Gaza Strip. Later he encouraged the settlers to set up their homes in the Gaza. These Gaza settlements served as a form of protection for Israel as many of these settlers were trained to fight off attacks. Not to mention the many eyes and ears a bit closer to the hostile Palestinians.
Finally, there's the fence.
Yes Israel built itself a great big fence separating Israel from Palestine.
As I understand it the fence varies from place to place. In some places there's barbed wire at the top and I believe some of the fence is electrified. There's cameras along the border and hey, the fence has kept many a suicide bomber out of the state of Israel.
I recall listening to some of the Arab hysterics carrying on over this fence on the Sunday talk shows. Over a fence! We Americans, hey, we understand fences.
The problem with the great fence, at least for the Arabs and their puppets the Palestinians, is that there was absolutely nothing they could say about it. Even the UN, always on the side of the sons of camels, thugs and thieves in the Mideast because of the endless oil money, couldn't say much about a fence.
So Sharon made a most difficult decision. Even though forcing those people out of the Gaza Strip is probably an exercise in silliness as Palestine could thrive without the Gaza Strip, it is the one argument the Palestinians have used throughout the years as the reason for their hatred of Israel. The Gaza Strip, or so they say, belongs to Palestine. Although there has never been a country called Palestine.
When the country of Israel was carved out right after World War II there were borders and boundaries and such. The Gaza Strip was not part of that map and never mind that the Arabs attacked Israel or that Israel took over the Gaza for self-protection.
This is why in order to remain on that roadmap to peace, Israel has agreed to give up the Gaza Strip.
Perhaps a new country called Palestine will be formed, perhaps not. But we can bet a whole bunch of American money and trade has been promised to Palestine should the roadmap be followed.
The Palestinian Authority has been charged with clamping down on the suicide bombings and trying to form a decent government without all the hands in the pot as was the case with that son of a camel, Arafat.
I think it's the right thing to do. I know those settlers have broken hearts. They went there when their country needed them; now they are being tossed aside as so much riff-raff.
They are being compensated for their expense and the value of their homes. Sometimes this is not enough to pay for the memories and hope that springs from pride of homestead.
THIS is the sort of thing a REAL leader does. To corral a bunch of enemies at Camp David and force them into a peace agreement that will never work for a shot at that Nobel peace prize is NOT how to get the job done.
Leaders make difficult and unpopular choices. Bill Clinton wouldn't even take a vacation at a spot deemed unpopular by the American public.
Let us not forget the very corrupt UN. Which even with this heartbreak of a Gaza pullout is undermining the peace efforts of the United States. Below is an article detailing how the UN money given to help the Palestinians is being used for some very nasty propaganda.
Is there any doubt which side the UN is on? Is there any doubt how out American taxpayer dollars are being ill-spent at that cesspool in Turtle Bay?
Bolton needs some more time but soon enough we'll clean that place out.
From the NY Sun:
The United Nations bankrolled the production of thousands of banners, bumper stickers, mugs, and T-shirts bearing the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem," which have been widely distributed to Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip, according to a U.N. official.
The U.N. support of the Palestinian Authority's propaganda operation in the midst of the Israeli evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip has provoked outrage from Israeli and Jewish leaders, who are blaming Turtle Bay for propagating an inflammatory message that they say encourages Palestinian Arab violence. ...
A special representative of the United Nations Development Program in the Gaza Strip, Timothy Rothermel, told Fox News that his office provided financial support for the production of materials that make up the Palestinian Authority's propaganda campaign, timed to coincide with the Gaza pullout. The Palestinian Authority's withdrawal committee developed and produced the posters and other items using U.N. money, Mr. Rothermel said.
In addition to the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem," many of the materials displayed the logo of the United Nations Development Program, which operates in 166 countries and spends about half a billion dollars a year.
Asked by a Fox News correspondent about one of the banners bearing the words implying an impending Palestinian Arab takeover of the disputed areas, Mr. Rothermel, said, "That particular poster was prepared by the disengagement office with financial support from the United Nations Development Program."
UNDP officials at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, however, denied that money from the program went directly to the propaganda campaign.
A UNDP spokesman, William Orme, said his office gave money to the Palestinian Withdrawal Committee to "help the Palestinian Authority communicate to the populace about the withdrawal and its economic and social impact."
Time for some Gossip/Rumor and Speculation.
Including more Matt LeBlanc nonsense, the no-budget movie about a stalker, the latest fad of nipple twisting.
Oh, and some "asked and guessed" blind items.
Time to catch up on news from the First State.
Including the long awaited winner of the Delaware State Fair's "Dean Scream" contest.
Oh, and New Castle county's former executive and his lady friend. Who had Delaware taxpayer paid employees helping them move and delaying police search warrants.
It's time for a giggle in this Fishgiggles entry.
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And what, exactly, is a cat?
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