Friday, June 21, 2002

Chris Matthews, usually a Media Whore of the lowest sort, really drags Tom DeLay over the coals for DeLay's weird End-Times Christian views of the future of the Palestinians, i. e., they have no future as they have the misfortune of living in Greater Israel and the 'Rapture' or some such nonsense won't happen until they give up any plans of statehood. DeLay keeps trying to change the subject, but Matthews, to his credit, won't let him get away from the question of whether the Palestinians are entitled to their own state. Matthews states:
"You--you gave a speech recently where you said to APAC, the Israeli lobby that--that when you fly over Jenin and Samaria which is the Likud line from the West Bank, that that's all Israeli territory. If that's the case, then why should we even ask the Palestinians to play ball with us or to be peaceful and negotiate with us, if you've decided that there's nothing for them to negotiate, they can't have a homeland. You've said that."

He has absolutely nailed the issue here, and leaves DeLay sputtering. If the end game of the Israelis and the nutty Christian Americans is the subjugation of the Palestinians under the dominence of Israel as second-class citizens within Greater Israel, what reason would the Palestinians have to negotiate? What reason could they be given for them to stop the terrorism? A spokesman for Hamas, Ismail Abu Shanab, recently said in referring to the suicide bombing campaign: "If we have an effective weapon in our hands and the whole world is trying to take it off us, this kind of reaction shows it to be the most effective way." It's not just the most effective way, it's the only way that the Israelis/Americans have left for the Palestinians to try to avoid the fate that is planned for them. The general mantra of Sharon and his stooge George Bush is that negotiations can't start until the suicide bombing ceases, but we can start to see the degree of bad faith in this position when we realize that the only conclusion the 'negotiations' can lead to is the destruction of any chance of a Palestinian state. This bad faith is getting so obvious that even Matthews can feel safe in pointing it out. It's too bad Matthews couldn't more often use his abilities for good rather than the usual evil. (I found the Matthews-DeLay interview on the exemplary site "Fontenelles – Palestine Archive" but used another link to it as I couldn't get the permanent link to work.)

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