Justice, Palestinian Style
Palestinian kids celebrate Palestinian independence
December 2005: I TOLD YOU SO.
|A Palestinian State: William Golding's Lord of the Flies, starring adults instead of kids
Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man.
...Whatsoever therefore is consequent to a time of war, where every man is enemy to every man, the same consequent to the time wherein men live without other security than what their own strength and their own invention shall furnish them withal. In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain: and consequently no culture of the earth; no navigation, nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea; no commodious building; no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force; no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time; no arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death; and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan
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There is nothing in the Koran, the book of basic Islamic teachings, that permits or sanctions honor killings. However, the view of women as property with no rights of their own is deeply rooted in Islamic culture, Tahira Shahid Khan, a professor specializing in women's issues at the Aga Khan University in Pakistan, wrote in Chained to Custom, a review of honor killings published in 1999.
"Women are considered the property of the males in their family irrespective of their class, ethnic, or religious group. The owner of the property has the right to decide its fate. The concept of ownership has turned women into a commodity which can be exchanged, bought and sold."
The Palestinian State: William Golding's Lord of the Flies starring adults instead of kids!
(Lord of the Flies, available from Amazon.com)
December 2005: WE TOLD YOU SO
The anarchy predicted for Gaza has become a reality. It is now ruled by warlords, armed gangs, and terrorists, with no independent judiciary or anything like the rule of law. Mortimer Zuckerman, "A Fulcrum Moment," U.S. News and World Report, December 19 2005.
Current events in Gaza fulfill my prediction (warning, graphic violence), which I posted more than two years ago, that an independent Palestinian state would be William Golding's Lord of the Flies starring adults instead of kids: a culture in which, per Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan,
Hereby it is manifest that during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war; and such a war as is of every man against every man.Q: What's a quick way to tell Israelis from Palestinians?
A: Israelis turn deserts into gardens, Palestinians turn gardens into deserts.
The Palestinians' behavior upon taking control of Gaza proves beyond any doubt that their culture-- a culture of their own making, by the way-- proves them incapable of governing themselves.
American Jewish donors had bought more than 3,000 greenhouses from Israeli settlers in Gaza for $14 million last month and transferred them to the Palestinian Authority. Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, who brokered the deal, put up $500,000 of his own cash. Palestinian police stood by helplessly Tuesday as looters carted off materials from greenhouses in several settlements, and commanders complained they did not have enough manpower to protect the prized assets. In some instances, there was no security and in others, police even joined the looters, witnesses said.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1489529,00050004.htm [no longer online] Thousands of celebrating Palestinians thronged through Neve Dekalim on early Monday just after Israeli soldiers withdrew, setting fire to a building that just last month served as a rabbinical college for Jewish settlers.
The Zuckerman article adds that terrorism, in the form of homicide
bombing, is "so ingrained in the Palestinian culture that it is a major
theme of formal education, family values, religious practices,
television broadcasting, posters, pre-suicide eulogies, trading cards,
family celebrations, movies, music, games, and summer camp."
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