Thursday, June 30, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
- People who fight for their personal narrow interpretation of a religion and for their homes are very dangerous, especially if they are desperate and well-funded
- You only need tens or hundreds of dedicated fanatics to totally disrupt the life in a democratic country: maximum results with minimal effort and relatively few resources
- Militants have to succeed only once to obtain their goal, whereas security forces cannot really afford to lose even once
- The use of children enhances the effect that militants' actions have. The public often feels both disgust and sympathy because of the minors who appear so prominently in demonstrations, blockades etc, but the main thing is that every exposure - positive as well as negative - serves 'the cause'
- Related organizations that have a more moderate reputation and more public obligations ( the PA, the Yesha Council ) can always say that a few lawbreakers are not their responsibility, while those lawbreakers do parts of the job that those organizations - largely financed by taxpayers and foreign donors - cannot be seen doing
- Extremists from all sides know exactly when to strike, and such strikes are often made simultaneously by groups with interests that both are opposed and run parallel, of course without being directly coordinated. See for example the Hezbollah attacks on Har Dov in the North: Hezbollah knows that Israel has other priorities than an escalation on its northern border, so the organization backed by Syria and Iran can score a few PR points ( very important in view of the ongoing powerstruggle in Lebanon ) without getting hurt too seriously. That Hezbollah - like Hamas and other organizations, and of course like organizations such as the Yesha Council, National Home, etc. - is interested in a continuation of the occupation is not a coincidence, rather one of the main reasons for the timing of their attack. Do not forget that the blockades by the Jewish fanatics were announced days if not weeks ago, and that the Hezbollah attacks ( also ) have all the characteristics of a well-planned military operation.
- As I said before today, acts of terror and vandalism bring about a lot of anger, criticism and curses, but also sympathy and understanding for the cause of the militants. In more than one way terror pays off, and doubtlessly democracy is always a loser when confronted with terror and vandalism, no matter who 'wins' in the end.
Tuesday, June 28, 2005
Sincerely, Blogger Support
Monday, June 27, 2005
Sunday, June 26, 2005
Ha'Aretz News Flashes: 15:17 Israel begins razing abandoned beach homes taken over by Gaza settlers (AP) 15:10 Settlers, police clash in Gush Katif after IDf demolishes empty buildings (Haaretz) 14:36 IDF bulldozers demolishing buildings in Gaza`s Shirat Hayam settlement (Haaretz)
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Friday, June 24, 2005
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
- How much terrorists care about their own men, women and children, no matter how weak, helpless and ill.
- How difficult the work of the soldiers and police(wo)men manning the roadblocks and checkpoints is. Since the terrorists feel no qualms about abusing humanitarian causes ( au contraire - the worse the situation of the Palestinians is, the better for the extremists; btw, this of course is something that goes for most if not all extremists and fanatics ) it is up to these young Israelis to decide whether someone with or without a permit really needs medical help inside Israel or whether (s)he is faking it for whatever reason. It is easy ( and sometimes very justified ) to criticize the procedures at the checkpoints, but we should not think lightly of the responsibility of those manning them.
- How desperate some Palestinians must be, caught between an unjust occupation, having to cater for their own and their families' needs, and a corrupt and useless pseudo-leadership.
- How cruel and patronizing Palestinian society is: one of the reasons why Wafa Ibrahim supposedly 'volunteered' for her failed mission is that she is disfigured because of the burns on her body, which makes it hard to marry her off. One of the female suicide bombers who did 'succeed' in her glorious task was a mother who was accused of adultery. You won't hear any pro-Palestinian feminist in Europe or elsewhere take up the cause of these social outcasts. After all, all this is Israel's fault, isn't it?
- It will be impossible to rely completely on the professionalism and good intentions of Egyptians, Palestinians ( and possibly UN soldiers ) when it comes to controling the passageways between Israel and the territories. On the Israeli side Israel will have to be responsible for the entrance of Palestinians into Israel, at least as long as it is clear that we cannot count on the efforts of the Palestinian Authority to fight terror.
Monday, June 20, 2005
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Saturday, June 18, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Het lijkt me dat het hier om twee tegenstrijdige verslagen gaat. Wie o wie zit hier te jokken?
Saturday, June 11, 2005
Friday, June 10, 2005
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005