Thursday, January 26, 2006


I've noticed in the past days that Hamas won the majority of the seats in the Palestinian elections. I'm not an international political analyist, being barely able to analyze the political currents in my home town and state.

I do know that Hamas is considered a terrorist organization, yet now they must form a government for the Palestinians. Democracy being what it is, I don't think they were expecting to win, but that the voters handed them a surprise. The recent ruling party, Fatah, was voted out. Ed Morrisey covers it much better than I at Captain's Quarters.

I suspect that Hamas didn't really want to win, but wanted to consolidate political power as a purely opposition party. The problem for them is that a majority of Palestinians agreed with them. This is going to cause huge problems for Palestine as they have repeatedly called for the end of the peace process and refuse to admit the right of Israel to survive.
Another Hamas official, Mushir al-Masri, warned that Hamas would not hold peace talks with Israel. "Negotiations with Israel is not on our agenda," he said. "Recognising Israel is not on the agenda either now."

The Palestinians have handed us a rogue government, and I applaud their idiocy. The official stance of the new government is absolutely against peace. I doubt the Israelis will long tolerate that government.

The United States should immediately end all aid to Palestine. The people have voted and have made their wishes known in a Democratic process. We should honor that process but should not subsidize their hatred.

Warriors everywhere are looking at Palestine with intense interest. I'm sure that informal map studies are being conducted in the major military acadamies of the world. I'm also sure that formal map studies are being conducted in the major military headquarters of the world. The seeds of war have been sown and now they must reap the whirlwind.

I hope I'm wrong, but I suspect I'm not. As long as nukes aren't used, we should just sit this one out. When it is all over, we can order new maps.


Anonymous said...

Pawpaw, the problem is we won't sit it out. The aid we give Palestine--which I agree should now be zilch--is a drop in the bucket compared to the aid we give Israel. All of us are now a little less safe than we were yesterday.

Pawpaw said...

Oh, I agree, J. We espouse democracy. We have to accept what the voters elected. But, we don't have to like it, and we don't have to let it continue. For example, Hitler was the elected chancellor of Germany, but we worked like crazy to bring him down.

The problem that the Palestinian people have is that they are living under a democratically elected government. They chose this lunacy and can't claim victim status. They are in the same situation that the German people were in during 1944 and 1945. They chose the leadership and they were punished for it.

I trained with Israeli officers during the late '70s. Those guys were professional and had an interesting tactical problem in their tiny country. It could be overflown by a jet in under five minutes. To fight terrorists, they had to try to limit civilian casualties. With this election, there are very few innocents in Palestine. The Palestinian people voted for terrorists. They have let slip the dogs of war and have no sanctuary.

Anonymous said...

What the Palestinian people did was show the world just how deeply they hate Israel. Nuclear war is just around the corner. Iran will get an n-bomb. Unless Israel destroys their nuclear facilities. Which will happen just around the corner. Buy oil stocks. . . . And prepare your Y2K supplies again.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Carter really knows his stuff about Arabs, huh? He did so well with the Iranians a few years ago. He should stick to building houses for poor Americans--he's good at it. I say not 1 cent for Palestine and not 1 cent for Israel. Their conflict is the root cause of 9-11. All we do is enable their conflict to continue.

Anonymous said...

A couple of observations from today's, Saturday's, news:

1. This year the U.S. will give Palestine $150,000,000 in direct aid and $84,000,000 in U.N. aid. That's $234,000,000 in mostly U.S. taxpayer money.

2. Hamas intends to build a Palestinian army.

Where's the money for the army coming from? From me and you, that's where.

Pawpaw said...


Pisses you off, don't it? Me too.

You oughta come to the hog roast.