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A Swiftian view of the death of Palestinian children

Written By : Bookworm
January 10, 2009

Hamas has been making much of its dead children. It had a field day with photos of those children who died when the IDF shot shells into a “UN school.” Most of the world (including, of course, a credulous and/or complicit media) managed to ignore the fact that it’s bizarre that, in the midst of war, people would congregate their children in one place; to ignore the fact that shots were fired from the school grounds; and to ignore the fact that the place was booby trapped internally so that it blew up, killing the occupants. For all of them, in their wrath, it is enough that the Palestinian children are dead.

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Likewise, Hamas has had a field day with the mysterious CNN footage of a child dying in a hospital. Again, the usual crowd has ignored the fact that this footage shows, in the role of doctor, a rabid Marxist known for loathing Israel; to ignore the fact that the child was manifestly the victim of on-camera malpractice; and, of course, to ignore the fact that the camera-man is a well known computer guru for Hamas. That’s all irrelevant. What’s relevant is that it is, yes, another dead Palestinian child.

To all those who are so upset, I say to you: You’ve got it wrong. Rather than castigating the Israelis and demanding their deaths, you should be celebrating and thanking them. Why? Because the Israelis have enabled these children to achieve their cultural destinies. From the time of their birth (indeed, for generations before their birth), these little Arab children have been taught that their highest purpose is to die for Palestine. (Don’t believe me? Check out this and this and this and this and . . . you get the picture.)

If Israel hadn’t gone into Gaza as it did, and targeted the myriad Hamas armaments around which the children were clustered; fired missiles into booby trapped schools; or warned Palestinians in advance about which buildings were targets, so Hamas could hustle the children into the building, those children would have been denied the fulfillment of their dreams.

If you’re confused about how meritorious Israel has been in ensuring that Palestinian children achieve the career success for which they’ve been groomed, think of it this way: We all know that Prince Charles of England has been raised for one job and one job alone: to be King. Wouldn’t it be the ultimate tragedy if something interceded to destroy the one job he’s fitted for, making the whole of his life effectively useless and irrelevant? So too have the children of Hamas been raised to die for Hamas. How banal their existence would be if the Israelis foolishly sat back and let Israeli children steal that Palestinian destiny by dying in their stead, the victims of repeated Hamas attacks, instead of the other (and appropriate) way around.

So to all you silly people around the world decrying the fact that Palestinian children are dying (and, funnily enough, I don’t remember hearing a peep out of any of you when Israeli children were the target of 6,000 or so missile strikes), give it up. You’ve got it wrong. You should be celebrating the fact that, thanks to yet another act of Israeli benevolence (with other examples being Israel’s decision to ship food and health supplies into Gaza, even as Egypt and Jordan refuse to do so), Palestinian children are finally getting the chance to achieve career goal and are enjoying the martrydom they crave.

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For those of you who wonder whether I was serious when I wrote the above little essay, I admit to being quite serious — up to a point. Certainly a six year old has no idea what being killed really means (although many of these children have seen death up close). Sadly, though, children don’t choose the society into which they are born, and these poor souls had the profound misfortune to be born into a society that sees them, not as the future, but as the weapons as the present. Even more sadly, their society recognizes that they are useful weapons whether dead or alive. In that paradigm, the international community doesn’t help the situation at all by allowing this same sick society to perpetuate itself generation after generation. Instead, in the face of this type of evil, the kind thing is to reduce break that society entirely, allowing room for a new culture to grow in its place.

And if you doubt me, try to imagine whether Naziism would have gone away if the Allies had not so decisively defeated it. If the Allies had kept backing off when the fighting got just too icky for them to feel comfortable, they would have done nothing more than prune the Nazi leadership, always leaving room for new, and stronger, shoots to grow in place of the dead. That’s what Israel has done to the Palestinians. Rather than destroying a poisonous plant, Israel has repeatedly allowed the roots to survive, enabling the plant to sprout again and destroy yet another generation.

The tremendous evil that is Palestinian culture — a culture that values its children more dead than alive — will not stop until the roots are dead. In the case of the Palestinians, “dead roots” will be the moment when the citizens of that benighted land realize that a culture that trains its children to embrace death, and that has a leadership that intentionally kills its children as part of its weaponry, is a dead end and MUST STOP.

All of which means that, while I recognize the tragedy that is a child’s death (how could I not, with children of my own?), I also realize that this Palestinian cultural madness has to be stopped, definitively, or many more children will die in the ensuing years.

Cross-posted at Bookworm Room

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