Friday, June 15, 2007

Arafat's Gift

After all the fun filled POG bashing of yesterday, thought I'd retrench and write something slightly more meaningful. Not too hard a task, really. An overturned Port-A-John at Frick Park or jailing of Paris Hilton is of more consequence than the half-wit antics of POG, but I digress.

While the President of the United States spent the last four days staving off a meaningless vote of no confidence for his equally meaningless drinkin' buddy Al Gonzo, Lebanon broke into wider civil disorder and the Gaza strip fell to Hamas. Freedom is on the march... or something.

It would be hard to envision a more disastrous decade in Middle East history in terms of American interests and basic human rights. Hamas immediately imposed Shir'a Law, and started the typical procedures necessary to ensure a permanently failed state. Though more significant ideals and futures fell today, this collapse of control came mainly at the expense of Fatah.

Remember the Camp David Summt in 2000, where Slick Willy Clinton convinced Ehud Barack to create a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza. Remember Yasser Arafat's principled stance against permanent peace; something about East Jerusalem being in Jewish hands. Witness now Yasser Arafat's gift to the Palestinian people; indefinite strife and radical Islam. Sadly, whether it be peace or 27 square miles of antiques and tourist traps, Palestine gets neither.

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