Thursday, November 17, 2005

Were Condi's Demon-eyes Prescient?

When I read stories like this one, about the Mideast deal just brokered by Condi, giving Palestinians control of the Gaza-Egypt border, as well as free access to their own port in Gaza, I feel like demonizing Condi myself. Condi, in fact, stated she would not leave the Middle East until she had such an accord signed by both parties.

Rice met separately with Israeli and Palestinian officials throughout the night to defuse what she called "the hard issues" that kept the two sides from signing the deal.

The agreement, brokered by former World Bank president James Wolfensohn on behalf of the United States, the United Nations, Russia and the European Union, compels Israel to cede to the Palestinian Authority control of the movement of people and goods across the Gaza-Egypt border at the southern Rafah crossing.

The Palestinians could take control of the border as soon as Nov. 25, according to the agreement.

The Palestinian Authority pledged to prevent smuggling of weapons or militants across the border.
And we trust them implicitly to do so, based on their past record. Meanwhile European Union representatives will monitor compliance. Well that should ensure that the Jews evil Zionists Israelis are forced to stick to the letter of the law. While the Europeans facilitate the Palestinians in sticking to their version of its spirit - in other words, the Palestinians will tell the Europeans they're sticking to the law, while doing exactly the opposite, to loud sounds of approval all around. After all, the EU will hardly want to upset the European street any more than it is already.

Debka reports that:

The protests came from the top levels of Israel’s armed forces, the Shin Beit and all other intelligence services and the police. Rarely before have so many expressions of alarm been rushed to the head of government by all of top security agencies...

There is no longer any barrier to Palestinian terrorists bringing shoulder-launched anti-air missiles any time to the point from which they can turn Israel’s international airport into a disaster zone and paralyze international air traffic to and from the country.

Our sources reveal that the prime minister’s office made sure the six-page accord left by Rice was not translated into Hebrew. Israeli television and radio audiences were therefore not exposed to its contents.

Israel is denied any veto power over the arrival of terrorists from Sinai to Gaza or from Gaza to the West Bank in both directions. A wanted terrorist can simply board a bus in Gaza and commute to Hebron or Ramallah without restraint. Israel officials may not stop and search it the vehicle, albeit on Israeli soil, let alone make an arrest. They can only gnash their teeth in frustration.


All this only two months before the Palestinian election is likely to deliver a large mandate to Hamas.

And what is the built in incentive system meant to keep the Palestinians on the straight and narrow track.

Economics.

Now I don't sneeze at economics as an incentive in the least. That would work splendidly for rational types.

But it will hardly work for people raised on the milk of terrorism all their lives - by Arafat, by Hamas, Hezbollah and now Al Qaeda. Who all, by the way, very well understand the threat that capitalism forms to their higher calling of terrorism and rarefied Islam. And know how to combat it quite well with their own propaganda.

The Bush administration currently appears unmanned. Sharply unpopular at home - and unable even to enforce discipline among Senate Republicans who, to their shame, followed John Warner's lead in voting to reprimand the Bush administration on its conduct of the war, I can't see them mustering sufficient resolution to demand the Palestinians actually live up to their agreements. It took them months upon months finally to stand up to the Democrats on perverting their own record on Iraq. After fighting for this precipitate policy, just how quickly can we count on them to stand up for Israel against the Palestinians when that, too, is necessary?

As Captain Ed points out, soon we can look forward to the humantiarian shipments of Karine B, Karine C, Karine D, Karine E...

So let the good times role for the Palestinians, aye...

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