Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, whose Fatah forces have been battling the ruling Hamas party over the weekend, condemned the rocket attacks by Hamas in what was probably the most honest, true statement to come out of the Middle East in all of this year. He said:
Gaza is free of occupation, but there are no investors and no prosperity. We dreamed that (Gaza) would prosper and dozens of investors from all over the world came to Gaza. Nothing has come to fruition. We decided it was better to fire rockets. Israel left, said goodbye, and instead of (Gaza) remaining calm and flourishing, there are those that still prefer to fire rockets.
The fact that Abbas said this is pretty remarkable for a number of reasons. Chief among them is the notion that this essentially cuts the legs out from under Hamas and everyone else in the Middle East who endlessly complain about Israeli occupation in the Gaza strip. Hamas, which the United States and European Union list as a terrorist organization, has for years used Israeli occupation as an excuse to fire rockets and send suicide bombers into Israel. Now, it seems they’ll have to find something else to scapegoat.
Abbas is a great man to criticize his own countrymen and basically stick up for Israel. I’m not saying Israel is always in the right and can do no wrong; when it comes to the Middle East clearly everyone is guilty, including those from distant lands. However, the time for clashes and wars is over. One would think that after nearly 60 years Arabs would have learned that Israel is not going anywhere, and starting fights with them isn’t going to accomplish anything. Abbas recognizes this, and has in recent months called for direct peace talks between Israel and Palestine, which Hamas has vowed will never happen. In its charter, Hamas declares one of its goals as the destruction of Israel. That isn’t necessarily the problem per se, anyone can say what they what, heck there are probably old Ku Klux Klan members lying around who would like to cause harm to African Americans. The issue arises when individuals with these irrational mindsets become heads of state, as in the case of Iran.
Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shares the fanatical views of Hamas, so much so that he directly supports their causes through funding, weapons, etc. Just a few days ago the leader of Hamas was stopped on a return trip from Iran and other countries in the Middle East, carrying up to $35 million in briefcases. This is a perfect example of the point Abbas is trying to make. Israel is gone, they want peace with the Palestinians. Yet, organizations like Hamas are still actively campaigning the destruction of Israel, and they’re getting support from several nations; notably Iran and Syria.
It is not until Middle Eastern countries put the future of their children first that there will be any true hope of attaining peace. Children in the Middle East shouldn’t be raised as suicide bombers, they should be educated and push their domestic economies to become more self-sustainable nations. When are we ever as humans going to be able to look past greed and selfish ambition and actually do something that we know is right?
Also, I know this is becoming a rather long entry but I want to mention quickly that isn’t it odd how the Western media didn’t cover this statement by Abbas? Apparently Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner and others prefer to ignore the truth, even when it is coming from Arab leaders themselves. Perhaps it is more profitable to make Israel the bad guy, I mean who would buy newspapers if there was only good news?
At any rate its a shame that the unquenchable greed of a few prevents harmonious peace for many. It truly is, in essence, 21st century communism on a global scale.