Due to the strong debate in the Monday, March 22, 2004, post titled Lose Some, Win Some
, there is a need to address the questions of what it means to defeat an ideology and the impact of defeating the Palestinians would have on those living in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. Reader Twisted Sister
(after all of these years she's Still Not Gonna Take It
If we defeat them, where are the Palestinians going to live?
The answer is: exactly where they are living today. After the Germans and Japanese were defeated in World War II, there were no evictions from their respective nations. The price paid was the prosecution of those responsible for crimes against humanity, foreign occupation, and eventual liberation after the establishment of a democratic form of government. By defeating the ideology and punishing those responsible, we demonstrated that those following or tolerating these morally corrupt philosophies would suffer for their actions, and yet would still have a chance to redeem themselves.
The problem with the Israeli - Palestinian Conflict is the Israelis have never sought victory. Instead, they chose to negotiate, which has only allowed the problem to fester. The other Arab nations disabused themselves of the belief that they could conquer Israel after their stunning defeats in the 6 Day War
and the Yom Kippur War
. The flawed ideologies of Nasserism and Pan-Arabism died on the battlefields of the Sinai and the Golan Heights. The flawed ideologies of the Palestinians must die on the battlefields of Gaza and the West Bank. Only then will the moderate voice of the Palestinian population have a chance to be heard, and the Palestinian people will have a chance establish their state and live in freedom.
Posted by bill roggio @ 8:10 AM