The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Friday, June 15, 2007


It hasn’t taken long for the left-leaning MSM to decide that the “civil war” in Gaza is the fault of the Israelis. But before I get to that, let’s examine the phrase “civil war” as it applies in this instance.

When you think of a civil war, you generally assume that the victor, regardless of its ideology, will build a viable country once bloodshed stops. You assume that the victor wants to lead, wants to take responsibility for the day-to-day operational details that make a country work.

There is absolutely no historical evidence that either Hamas or Fatah wants to do this. What these death-cults really want is the raw power that victory would bring—power that would allow them to continue their myth of “victimization”—a convenient excuse for their inability to build a viable society, economy, and culture.

What we're seeing is not a civil war in the conventional sense, but a murderous conflict between Hamas and Fatah—two corrupt, tribal elements who are incapable of governing their own people, building even the most rudimentary economy, educating their children (except in pure hatred of America and Israel) or doing anything else except claiming oppression and victimization.

But don’t tell that to The Boston Globe, whose editorial comment, entitled “Senseless in Gaza” reflects the feelings of many on the Left in the USA and Europe:
The people of Gaza are the true victims of the civil war most of all because the fighting is destroying their future. With the military wing of Hamas poised to seize complete control of Gaza in what Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has rightly called a "coup attempt," Gaza's residents stand to lose whatever hope remained of achieving independence and a decent life in a viable Palestinian state.

The Hamas campaign to eradicate Fatah from Gaza is certainly not the sole cause of Gazans' misery. They long suffered from Israel's suffocating occupation, and then from Ariel Sharon's foolishly unilateral withdrawal in 2005, a move that allowed Hamas to bid for power with the misleading claim that its rockets and suicide bombings had driven Israeli soldiers and settlers out of Gaza.

So, the Globe believes that the current conflict between opposing death cults was caused by the Israeli “occupation” of Gaza (I always wonder why the media doesn’t refer to “occupied Texas” when discussing US-Mexican affairs, but that’s another matter, I suppose).

But wait, The Boston Globe also believes that another cause of the violence is the Israelis’ unilateral decision to end the “occupation” in Gaza and give the Palestinians a chance to build a viable society, economy, and culture that would lead to statehood. Occupy—Israel's fault. Don't occupy—Israel's fault.

And the Globe wrings it hands about the “true victims of the civil war”—the people of Gaza. Might be useful to remember that they voted in Hamas—a terrorist, Islamofascist death cult. No one except maybe the incompetent, corrupt Fatah is to blame for that. But never mind, it’s always the fault of the Americans and the Israelis.

The Globe's editorial should have read—“Senseless on Boston.”