1/3/09

Gaza Christmas War in Perspective

MARK STEYN
"Clashing Civilizations"

So how was your holiday season? Over in Gaza, whether or not they’re putting the Christ back in Christmas, they’re certainly putting the crucifixion back in Easter. According to the London-based Arabic newspaper al Hayat, on December 23rd Hamas legislators voted to introduce Sharia — Islamic law — to the Palestinian Territories, including crucifixion. So next time you’re visiting what my childhood books still quaintly called “the Holy Land,” the re-enactments might be especially lifelike....

....when President Sarkozy and other European critics bemoan Israel’s “disproportionate” response, what really are they saying? That they expect better from the despised Jews than from Hamas. That they regard Israel as a western society bound by civilized norms, whereas any old barbarism issuing forth from Gaza is to be excused on grounds of “desperation”. Hence, this slightly surreal headline from The New York Times: “Israel Rejects Cease-Fire, But Offers Gaza Aid.” For whatever that’s worth. Wafa Samir Ibrahim al-Biss, a young Palestinian woman who received considerate and exemplary treatment at an Israeli hospital in Beersheva, returned to that same hospital packed with explosives in order to blow herself up and kill the doctors and nurses who restored her to health. Well, what do you expect? It’s “desperation” born of “poverty” and “occupation”.

If it was, it would be easy to fix. But what if it’s not? What if it’s about something more primal than land borders and economic aid?.....

3 comments:

Rick Fisk said...

Steyn is absurd. Crucifiction was a Roman invention. Stoning was a Jewish invention.

Bombing the crap out of innocent civilians is a neoconservative past time but Muslims are the evil civilization....

Pot, meet Mr. Kettle.

island breezes said...

I hope you followed the link and read the whole article...

island breezes said...

Rick,

Are the Romans crucifying people? Are the Israelis stoning people?

Steyn is speaking of things happening today. He suggests that the culture of those in Gaza does not support peace with Israel. Do you disagree?