I wonder if Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ran out of ideas yet. Every
time we assume that he has employed his last tactic possible in his attempt to
suppress the Palestinian people, the ever defiant 'warrior' proves us wrong.
His latest wild chase after Palestinian activists cost Palestinians 15 more
lives and 148 wounded, adding to the Palestinian calendar yet another tragedy to
Those who dare to see the complete picture, without distortion and dishonesty
know as a fact that Sharon is a madman, a fanatical fascist who have developed a
unique style of racism, so unique to Zionism, so unique to him.
But of course, only those of the "alternative media", or "former" officials and
statesman are willing to state so, for no fancy jobs are at stake here, and the
political cost in the case of former politicians is minimal.
However, until the world gathers its courage to tell Sharon: "enough is enough,"
and "you have no business occupying, assassinating and starving Palestinians,"
until that happens, Palestinians are destined to collect and bury their dead,
alone with desperate chants for revenge and others for freedom.
Today, as I gazed at the flow of photos and TV images of Palestinian civilians,
or what has remained of them killed in the Israeli raid on Gaza, an angry
question daunting me: Why does Sharon, a healthy man with a million-dollar
farming industry keep chasing behind an oppressed population, living in
cage-like towns and villages, desperately poor, while all they seek is freedom.
Hasn't Sharon killed enough? Will his endless list of Palestinians to kill and
places to bomb ever run out? Isn't a 52-year-long career in murder plenty to
satisfy the man's thirst for Palestinian blood? How many more massacres would
Sharon need to check out from his list before he dies, or quits politics for
I am more concerned by the idea that Sharon is reaching an age, where his
obsession with the "security of Israel" would lead him to carry out more wide
scale, Sabra and Shatilla like massacres of Palestinians. Sharon is a firm
believer in the "good Arab is a dead Arab" theory championed by many Zionists
throughout the years. While for a fanatic Jewish settler to believe in such a
saying is costly enough, for a Prime Minister endeared by a cheering Israeli
public to carry out the statement as a policy, is horrifying.
But haven't the Israelis tried everything yet? They massacred, bombarded,
besieged, imprisoned Palestinians for over five decades, and cultivated nothing
but more hatred and resistance. Why are they then dragging such a bad and
failing policy forever? Is it just killing for the sake of killing?
What have those innocent children, women and men of Gaza, so frail and precious
committed to wake up from a sweet sleep to find themselves in a bloodbath and
their loved ones blown to pieces, scattered under the heavy concrete?
We all know by now that the fear of suicide bombing pretext is no longer
tolerated, for many reasons. For one, the Israeli occupation began decades ago,
and the suicide bombing developed as a desperate response to the cruel and
incomprehensive Israeli practices in the 1990s. So there is no chicken and egg
here to get us tangled up.
But moreover, the Israeli attack on Gaza came only one day after Hamas announced
its willingness to halt its attacks on Israel if the latter evacuate from
recently occupied West Bank towns and release Palestinian political prisoners.
The Hamas offer was made by the spiritual leader of the movement in an interview
If Sharon really cared about the well-being of his people, he would have
refrained from attacking one of the movement's top leaders in Gaza. The attack
on Gaza was partly a response to the Hamas offer. Now, only naives would fail to
see what would happen in coming weeks. Palestinians are beyond angry, beyond
betrayed and feel that the only method of dealing with the Israeli murderous
campaign and occupation is to strike back at the Israelis, not only soldiers,
not only militant settlers.
While its easy for some of us to tilt back in our comfortable chairs and dictate
to the Palestinians what is acceptable and what is not in terms of methods of
resistance, the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza are not governed by
our cozy and convenient dictations.
They are only humans, with a limited, although exceptional, capacity of
endurance. We all have failed them: we failed to protect them; we failed to side
with them; we failed to stop their Israeli murderers, and scolded them for
making comparisons between Israelis and Nazis; we watched them beg for mercy in
Jenin and never moved to prevent their killing; we heard their cry for water in
Nablus and offered them nothing; we almost smelled the decomposed bodies of
their sons scattered in the streets and we complained that Palestinians are
misusing the world "massacre."
We have failed them, and we have lost our right to criticize them.
Palestinians are left on their own, fending for their refugee camps against
invading tanks and F16s.
Shame on a world in which Sharon is a free man. Shame on a world that tolerates
such cruelty against a tormented nation. Shame on every one of us who knew the
truth and said nothing.
By Ramzy Baroud
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