January 24, 2007
How Many Tibetans In Beijing And Darfurians In Khartoum Are Blowing Themselves Up?Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives
However, there's no need to ask how many Palestinians are blowing themselves up in the Palestinian territories. We all know that they are raised as children for jihad, and the world needs to come to the realization that there is no root cause of the Palestinian problem to be found in the Israeli occupation and poverty, the answer lies in the Palestinian culture and mindset itself. As Salim Mansur offers at the Toronto Sun:
It is in the Palestinian mindset - shared by too many Muslims in general - glorifying ancient conquests as a matter of faith and insisting, in the words of the Hamas Charter (Article 8), that for Palestinians, jihad (holy war) is their duty and death for Allah's cause is their loftiest wish.Only Palestinians can fix their problem.
So when Condoleezza Rice set out to kick-start the stalled road map diplomacy between Israelis and Palestinians during the same week U.S. President George W. Bush got busy explaining his new Iraq policy to the American people, the Secretary of State was engaging herself in a predictable routine.Good points all. But there are those that prefer to blame America for the sins and ills of Palestinians, and others.
But her job is not easy given the intensity of Muslim on Muslim violence across the greater Middle East and the Horn of Africa, and the malaise of a civilization that is more or less irreparably broken.
This is a region where illusions thrive, where old grievances continue to cause mayhem and murder.
It is also a region where prophets were born bearing Islam's message of peace.
Now it is left for the Americans to keep alive that elusive and often illusory promise there.
Posted by Richard at January 24, 2007 8:42 AM
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