Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Difference Between Palestinian Arab Moderates and Extremists

At the current time, Gaza is ruled by a group of extremist Palestinian Arab terrorists (Hamas) while the West Bank is ruled by a group of "moderate" Palestinian Arab terrorists (Fatah). One naturally wonders about the distinction between moderates and extremists.

Over the last five years, approximately two thousand Kassam missiles have been launched from Gaza at the nearby Israeli town of Sderot. The population of Sderot is approximately twenty-four thousand, which means there has been one missile launched for every dozen Israelis living in Sderot. This is equivalent to nearly a million missiles launched at New York City.

During this entire period, Israel has continued provide water and power, including electricity, to the Gaza Strip. Israel is now considering reducing the amount of power it supplies to Gaza if those missile attacks continue.

Imagine the following question: Suppose the state of New Jersey received its water and electricity from New York City, yet launched a million missiles at New York a five year period. Do you think New York would continue to supply water and electricity to New Jersey?

Now back to the question about the difference between the moderates and the extremists.

According to the Ma'an News Agency, a Palestinian on-line News agency funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Danish International Development Assistance, the "Buraq Army unit of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, warned Tuesday that if Israel deprives Gaza of electricity, the Israeli power generating station at Ashkelon will be bombarded." Furthermore, on Tuesday, "the Al-Mujahideen Brigades, another unit of the Al-Aqsa Brigades, claimed responsibility for launching a rocket at the Israeli town of Sderot."

Fatah, remember, is the "moderate" group.

So, what's the difference between the Palestinian Arab "moderates" and "extremists?"

The "moderates" are secular fanatics while the "extremists" are religious fanatics.

America, after indirectly arming the religious fanatics by transferring arms to Fatah in Gaza so they could be captured by Hamas during the recent coup, is now considering further arming Fatah in the West Bank.

Now, for the most important question, first asked by Pete Seeger: "When will we ever learn?"

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