Tuesday, August 16, 2005


Our conservative friend at evolution claims:
leftist groups in Crawford, TX are handing [terrorists] another victory on a silver platter
I take this to be a reference to Cindy Sheehan, a mother whose son died in battle, who has spent the last few days trying to talk to her President.

How did terrorists get involved? Forgive me for thinking conservatives are a little loony sometimes.

The only terrorists who win when American citizens petition their government for redress of grievances is this gang of hooligans.

Then again, how is a sovereign decision by the Israeli government to negotiate for peace a victory for terrorists? Sounds like a victory for Israel, or at least subject to interpretation.

As I understand it, Israel decided to unilaterally pull out of Gaza, a decision which was made by a hawkish government as a reasonable first step towards a lasting peace and a stable Palestinian state. The objection seems to be that this gives terrorists something that they want.

But it also gives Israel something it wants, and gives peace-loving Palestinians something that they want. The terrorist's actions are wrong, but that need not invalidate their concerns, concerns shared by other factions in Palestine and Israel.

The broader objection to yielding Gaza has a more bizarre origin. There's a place for debate over negotiating tactics and I don't care strongly enough about the details of the current peace process to say that the withdrawal from Gaza is good or bad.

There are some things that everyone ought to set aside. There are people (Christians and Jews) who believe that Biblical prophecy requires the creation of "Greater Israel" to include "Judea" and "Samaria." roughly corresponding to the West Bank and Gaza. That's not a basis for policy.

Here's a basis for policy: pretty soon, there will be more Palestinians in Israel than Jews. In order to survive as a Jewish state, Israel needs to either create a system of apartheid (bad) or establish a successful Palestinian state (better).

Is a Jewish Israel good policy? I say yes. A Jewish state guarantees that there will always be a safe haven for Jews, a legitimate concern given how history has gone.

Allowing an irrational desire to fulfill Biblical prophecy or a desire to spite the terrorist minority to prevent a realistic peace in the Middle East would be the height of foolishness. If indeed this brings peace, it was a wise choice. If it fails, 'tis better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.