Monday, August 28, 2006
Ghazi Hamad, spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Palestinian Authority government and a former newspaper editor, has gone stark, raving, er, sane:
Dismissing Israel's responsibility for the growing state of anarchy and lawlessness in the Gaza Strip, Hamad said it was time for the Palestinians to embark on a soul-searching process to see where they erred.
"We're always afraid to talk about our mistakes," he added. "We're used to blaming our mistakes on others. What is the relationship between the chaos, anarchy, lawlessness, indiscriminate murders, theft of land, family rivalries, transgression on public lands and unorganized traffic and the occupation? We are still trapped by the mentality of conspiracy theories - one that has limited our capability to think."
Hamad admitted that the Palestinians have failed in developing the Gaza Strip following the Israeli withdrawal and in imposing law and order. He said about 500 Palestinians have been killed and 3,000 wounded since the Israeli pullout, in addition to the destruction of much of the infrastructure in the area.
By comparison, he said, only three or four Israelis have been killed by the rockets fired from the Gaza Strip over the same period.
"Some will argue that it's not a matter of profit or loss, but that this has an accumulating effect" he said. "This may be true. But isn't there a possibility of decreasing the number of casualties and increasing our gains by using our brains and making the proper calculations away from demagogic statements?"
The Hamas official said that while his government was unable to change the situation, the opposition was sitting on the side and watching and PA President Mahmoud Abbas was as weak as ever.
"We have all been attacked by the bacteria of stupidity," he remarked. "We have lost our sense of direction and we don't know where we're headed."
Addressing the various armed groups in the Gaza Strip, Hamad concluded: "Please have mercy on Gaza. Have mercy on us from your demagogy, chaos, guns, thugs, infighting. Let Gaza breathe a bit. Let it live."
Governing isn't all it's cracked up to be, is it Mr. Hamad?
if it wasn't for 9/11, I wouldn't know shit about muslims. but now that I have studied up on the subject, I find that I don't want extremist muslims propagating in america. it seems their first loyalty is to their islamic religion., and not to america.
in coming to that conclusion, I have studied malaysia, indonesia, and lebanon. it seems when these extremists muslims get a foothold in your country, they cause chaos.
to muslims in the west, thank you for the heads up, we the non-muslim are now aware and watching.
AFTER DECONSTRUCTING THE FOLLOWING, CAN ANYONE BELIEVE HE WANTS CIVILIZED REFORM:
"Some will argue that it's not a matter of profit or loss, but that this has an accumulating effect" [=doesn't matter how many Arabs die, as long as Jews are killed] he said. "This may be true. [=Hamad EXPLICITLY acknowledges the 'validity' of that sentiment.] But isn't there a possibility of decreasing the number of casualties [=can't they reduce Arab deaths?] and increasing our gains [=while killing more Jews?] by using our brains and making the proper calculations [=it's the tactics, stupid] away from demagogic statements?"[=all ideology aside]