Once upon a time, when I was young and naive (ie. under 30 and still believing in warm, fuzzy Liberal-style ideology), I thought Israel could have peace with the Palestinians.
As I got a little older, I began to believe that while Israel and the palestinians would never have a real peace, it was possible to at least create a "cold" peace where the parties just kept out of one another's affairs as much as possible.
Then, after Arafat walked away from Camp David in favour of starting the second intifailure, I realized there would never be anything but hatred emanating from the palis towards the Israelis. So, I backed the concept of the wall and increased checkpoints along with the Gaza pullout which helped solidify that part of Israel's borders. At that same time, I began to believe there was no way the palestinians would avoid civil war once Arafat was sent to roast in hell with his buddies Yassin and Rantisi.
The palestinians haven't really had their civil war yet. They've had what would better be considered as mindless street thuggery...the kind the bloods and crips might have if they were all armed with AK-47s instead of .38 specials and knives. There's no war, really, just tit-for-tat violence that claims lots of terrorist-wannabe lives and just as many innocent lives.
But, of course, the palis have it all figured out. The Saudis brokered that famous peace, the palestinian unity government was formed, approved and sworn in only three days ago! The Russians were said to be ready to normalize relationships, the Norwegians sent a representative and urged other nations to do likewise, the rest of the Euroweenies were falling all over each other to hail this remarkable advance and even the US signalled its willingness to meet with non-Hamas members of the new "unity" government.
But, here's today's news: GAZA (Reuters) - A militant loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction was killed and seven people were wounded on Wednesday in the first deadly clash between Fatah and Hamas since a unity government was formed.
Within hours, two Palestinians linked to Hamas were abducted in Gaza City in a sign violence could spread despite the new coalition's stated aim of ending factional strife and closing ranks against a crippling year-old Western aid embargo.
Now, two days without killing each other IS a significant achievement for palestinians but hardly the stuff of unity. They couldn't even make it past 50 hours, with the world watching, before they resumed their slaughter...it's the palestinian version of playing Xbox.
Ho-hum, better they kill each other than Israelis, anyway. Guess the Russians and Europeans will just have to wait for the bloodletting to end before they can once again begin pandering to Arab interests. Hopefully, the US at least won't make the same dumb statement again and thankfully Canada never even came close to accepting this latest formation of palestinian terror groups.