"The motive behind the Fatah and Hamas leaders in these miserable moments is the chauvinistic, overbearing thought that has no room for people, country, homeland or history.The authors are so close to the truth that they must be able to feel it breathing down the back of their necks. But, as Freud might say, "Close...but no cigar."
"Our leaders have nothing to tell [us] but lies and deception, because they have become sickly, failed, and afraid of the truth, since they are subjugate to the culture of factions, of opportunism, of [special] interests... and of narcissism. Nothing interests them but satisfying their unbridled lusts and urges to rule, their madness, their self-love, and their love of power....
"The violence toys with us, leads us, and drags us into the abyss!! Even our children have lost [their] innocence and become filled with both fear and violence. It has become a terrifying nightmare that pursues us with an axe of death, dripping with blood. We have become captives in the hands of the violence that has taken the best of our children and our sons from us...
"We must call an 'Honesty and Reconciliation' conference, in which we express regret for mistakes and sins, acknowledge them, and undertake, before Allah and before our people, to abandon violence forever, and henceforth not to use bullets, shells, or disgraceful words - [and for] the spirit of tolerance and love to grow within us.
"It is thus that nations are built, and it is thus that the individual is built. Thus we will be able to move a long way ahead on the path towards independence and freedom...
The insights offered at best reflect only a flickering, almost ghostlike wisp of truth and insight; a tiny crack of light penetrating the paranoia and dysfunction that enshrouds the Palestinians like an opaque black burqa.
Only emotionally healthy people could have a genuine--or meaningful-- "Honesty and Reconciliation Conference". Neither honesty nor reconciliation is possible as long as the essential core of the Palestinians is characterized by psychological projection, denial and distortion: blaming the despised Jews for their own dysfunction; blaming Israel for the beast that they themselves have loosed.
In this regard, the cult of Palestinian victimhood is emblematic of the distorted reality of almost all the the followers of Islam in the Middle East. Palestinians are the poster children who represent all the dsyfunctional and warped political regimes that have sprung up pledging allegiance to Allah, killing and destroying in his name. Where Allah is worshiped these days, the paranoia and projection; the denial and distortion are the everyday necessities of life, required to explain the pervasive backwardness, the poverty, the intellectual and moral wasting that afflicts most of the worshippers.
Modern Islam is like a carnival funhouse mirror that distorts and deceives those who gaze into it, exaggerating what is reflected back so that those who blissfully gaze within and contemplate their own virtue are unable to see the beasts they have become.
Victor Davis Hanson wrote recently:
It is almost surreal now to read about the elemental hatred of Jews in the Spanish Inquisition, 19th-century Russian pogroms or the Holocaust. Yet here we are revisiting the old horrors of the savage past.
Beheading? As we saw with Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl, our Neanderthal enemies in the Middle East have resurrected that ancient barbarity - and married it with 21st-century technology to beam the resulting gore instantaneously onto our computer screens. Xerxes and Attila, who stuck their victims' heads on poles for public display, would've been thrilled by such a gruesome show.
Who would have thought centuries after the Enlightenment that sophisticated Europeans - in fear of radical Islamists - would be afraid to write a novel, put on an opera, draw a cartoon, film a documentary or have their pope discuss comparative theology?
...Who these days is shocked that Israel is hated by Arab nations and threatened with annihilation by radical Iran? Instead, the surprise is that even in places like Paris or Seattle, Jews are singled out and killed for the apparent crime of being Jewish.
Siggy in commenting on the latest insane pronouncement of yet another Islamic religious leader, starkly points out how the mufti has all unwittingly explained to us the essential nature of his religion and the people who follow it--because, what kind of creature attacks "uncovered meat" after all?
It is with that in mind that we ought to ponder and consider the issues of terrorism and the Palestinians, using language and ideas the mufti finds so appropriate (the following is derived from published accounts if the mufti’s own remarks, we noted in “The mufti loves women in the same measure he loves Jews”):“The Islamic savagery in Palestine and elsewhere, is nothing more than the actions and behavior of animals. The so called resistance is the work of dysfunctional wild beasts that see themselves leading herds of cattle into battle, only to rejoice and take pride in the killing of innocents. While there are international conventions to protect civilians, they are disregarded by these beasts and animals, because they believe they are exempt from civilized behavior. Only animals and beasts would hide behind children as they fired weapons. Only animals and beats would place anti aircraft weapons on hospitals and school roofs. Only animals and sub human beasts would educate their children in the ways of hate and murder and only animals and beasts would have so called‘religious leaders’ call for the rape and subjugation of women and children, and refer to that as a religious and ‘obligatory.’ These so called ‘monotheists’ are really nothing more than a so called ‘people’ that for last one thousand years have ruined and destroyed everything they have touched. They have contributed nothing but death, destruction and failure. That shouldn’t be surprising- after all, what can you expect from wild beasts and animals?
For the Palestinians to hold a conference on honesty and reconciliation; or to rally around the concepts of "love and understanding" would be similar to schizophrenic patients holding a conference on the treatment of psychosis, when they are off their medication.
And, make no mistake, despite the brief glimpses of truth that poke through occasionally in this article, it is still littered with evidence of the same unwillingness to take responsibility; the same paranoia and projection; the same dysfunctional victimhood--that have become the hallmarks of the Palestinian poster children, as well as many other adherents of today's Islam.
Why should the authors be surprised that Palestinian leaders are deceitful, oppressive and violent? Why should they be surprised that the culture of destruction and death that was crafted to externalize the Palestinians' own psychopathology would, in the end, consume those who created it in the first place?
Left to their own devices; walled away from the object of their delusions, that psychopathology must turn against its owner. That is the nature of the beast. The critical mistake the authors make is in thinking that that the beast's essence can change without addressing the psychopathology that funcamentally created and motivates it.
The authors say:
"Let us collect the weapons from our streets and from our homes, and uphold the motto: 'among ourselves - love, dialogue, and mutual understanding; towards the enemy - force, resistance and steadfastness.' This is the proper formula. Do not overturn it..."
Oh yes, they love that beast when it can be projected outward--onto the Jews, or America, or the West. When they can attribute their own unacknowledged bestiality onto others; when they can pretend to be the victims of the beast's aggression instead of the originators.
But once the paranoid beast is unleashed, "love, dialogue, and mutual understanding" wither away. The beast will find "uncovered meat"--and souls--to devour and it cannot be contained by "formulas" that ignore the reality of its origin. Hamas will kill Fatah; Fatah will kill Hamas; Palestinians will kill Palestinians--because that is the nature of the beast.
Love and understanding can only thrive when the beast within is acknowledged as one's own; and then chained and civilized. If you let it loose, free to spread its rabid hatred--i.e., your own rabid hatred--just so you can see yourself in that carnival mirror as the heroic victim of another's aggression, then it will always be there to turn on you; to devour and rip you to pieces when it cannot get fresh meat any other way.