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Friday, September 03, 2004

Starting point for negotiations

I think the below cartoon (from Steve Benson) is meant to be take a knock at the assisination of Sheik Yassin the murderer. I have chosen to speak about it in a different light.

A message that we can take from the cartoon is about the starting point for negotiations. In a world where Israel can do no right and is not allowed to protect itself negotiations can almost never result in anything meaningful or productive. Yassin was no innocent, in fact he was much more than a militant. Not only did he devote his life to murder and death (of innocents) he also focused much of his efforts on convincing other people to do the same. We can see so many levels of terrorism and intentional destruction in Yassin's life and his deeds (sins is more apt) that only a blind, deaf, senile person that has been stranded on a desert island for the last 50 years could even hope to claim Yassin an innocent. There must have been so many intellectual hurdles that Yassin had to cross to be able to spout the rethoric that he did. The message that I would like to emphasize from this cartoon is the following:
Only when the Arab world understands that they are subject to the same rules as everyone else and those they impose on the rest of the world is there a true chance of peace. When Palestinians and other fundamentalists understand that they cannot operate entirely out of the law and expecet no consequence. The time that people fear terrorism and give into if for the sake of the greater good is now passed. Terrorists can no longer act with complete malovelence targetting civilians and more and expect that the country in question will take it lying down. We need to stand up and shout loud to the four corners of the earth "we are united for the greater good and will not tolerate your attempts to destroy what we have worked so hard for". Terrorists must know that if they implore every vicious tactic under the sun to try and kill innocents for the sake of their own extremist objectives then they should expect serious and swift retribution.


Anonymous Sandi said...

Great insight!!
Reading your blog has helped me see the cartoon in a different way. I was doing some research and this was very useful.

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