Blaming the "Victim" Posted by: Dale Franks
on Friday, June 16, 2006
Charles Krauthammer, once again, is asking uncomfortable questions about the Palestinians. And he's wondering why no one else is asking similar questions.
In the aftermath of an Israeli counterstrike on rocket installations in Gaza that have been shelling Israeli territory, it has been alleged that a Palestinian family on a nearby beach were killed by shrapnel (although there are some serious questions about this allegation itself). That's tragic, whatever the case may be, but there is a larger issue that is illustrated here.
Whether the rocket bases are near civilian beaches or in remote areas, why are the Gazans launching any rockets at Israel in the first place — about 1,000 in the last year?
To get Israel to remove its settlers, end the occupation and let the Palestinians achieve dignity and independence? But Israel did exactly that in Gaza last year. It completely evacuated Gaza, dismantled all its military installations, removed its soldiers, destroyed all Israeli settlements and expelled all 7,000 Israeli settlers. Israel then declared the line that divides Israel from Gaza to be an international frontier. Gaza became the first independent Palestinian territory ever.
And what have the Palestinians done with this independence, this judenrein territory under the Palestinians' own control? They have used their freedom to ... launch rockets at civilians in nearby Israeli towns.
Why? Because the Palestinians prefer victimhood to statehood...
This embrace of victimhood, of martyrdom, of blood and suffering, is the Palestinian disease. They are offered their own independent state. They are given all of Gaza. And they respond with rocket attacks into peaceful Israeli towns — in pre-1967 Israel proper, mind you.
This disease of victimhood is at its most virulent and noticeable in Palestine. Unfortunately, though, it infects almost all of the Arab Muslim world.