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The Long Spiral Down

Qalqilya, West Bank/Judea & Samaria
Dateline: 31 May 2009

Two Hamas gunmen, three Palestinian policemen and a passerby were killed in gun battles in the West Bank on Sunday, when Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, which administers the West Bank, raided a neighborhood in the city of Qalqilya to arrest gunmen of the rival Hamas group, which rules the Gaza Strip. This follows raids by PA security forces the previous day, which netted 22 Hamas supporters.

Tensions have been high between the rival parties since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after routing Fatah forces loyal to Abbas. The June 2007 coup d’état culminated in summary executions of PA security force members in the streets of Gaza City. Several incidents in which Fatah supporters were thrown to their death from the roof tops of high-rise apartment buildings were documented and even caught on film.

This past winter, the Israeli government attempted to end Hamas rocket fire on southern Israel. Operation Cast Lead (OCL) was a partial success, with an uneasy – and unofficial – truce going into effect in January. After OCL, Hamas admitted to having executed or knee-capped approximately 20 more Fatah supporters DURING the fighting with Israel. This is the kind of state America and Europe would like to see established on Israel’s borders.

Why are European, and now American leaders, so eager to embrace such a terrorist organization? Hamas violently seized power. Hamas used the territory it controls to launch a guerilla war against the sovereign territory of Israel. Hamas has used the territory it controls to undermine the authority of another Arab state, Egypt. Hamas violently suppresses political opposition. Hamas continues to plot the demise of the Palestinian Authority in Area A of the West Bank/Judea & Samaria.

Could it be that Gordon Brown, Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama have come to the conclusion that Western Civilization no longer needs to defend its values of secularism, pluralism, and individual liberty? Are terrorism, murder, authoritarianism and censorship the new values of London, Paris and Washington, D.C.? Has the “Free World” concluded that a state like Israel, which proclaims these same values and struggles daily to uphold them is no longer worthy of their support? Or have the so-called leaders of Western Civilization grown tired and weak of upholding the freedoms they supposedly cherish?

There are many who believe that just that has happened: Western Civilization has begun a long, slow death spiral. It no longer has the cultural, economic or military will to defend itself. Israel is just one small “outpost” in the sea of Islamic Civilization and a tactical “advance to the rear” might by the old men in America and Europe a few years of peace and quiet. Perhaps, but not likely.

May 31, 2009 Posted by | Middle East | , , , , , | Leave a comment