Friday, January 09, 2009

9-Jan-09: Quick - sit down, shake hands and make peace with these people

This ghastly vignette appears in today's New York Times. What more do outsiders need to know than this, when asking themselves and us the question: "Why not sit down and talk peace with the Hamas Gazans?"
January 9, 2009
Fighter Sees His Paradise in Gaza’s Pain
GAZA CITY — The emergency room in Shifa Hospital is often a place of gore and despair. On Thursday, it was also a lesson in the way ordinary people are squeezed between suicidal fighters and a military behemoth.
Dr. Awni al-Jaru, 37, a surgeon at the hospital, rushed in from his home here, dressed in his scrubs. But he came not to work. His head was bleeding, and his daughter’s jaw was broken... A car arrived with more patients. One was a 21-year-old man with shrapnel in his left leg who demanded quick treatment. He turned out to be a militant with Islamic Jihad. He was smiling a big smile.
“Hurry, I must get back so I can keep fighting,” he told the doctors.
He was told that there were more serious cases than his, that he needed to wait. But he insisted. “We are fighting the Israelis,” he said. “When we fire we run, but they hit back so fast. We run into the houses to get away.” He continued smiling.
“Why are you so happy?” this reporter asked. “Look around you.”
A girl who looked about 18 screamed as a surgeon removed shrapnel from her leg. An elderly man was soaked in blood. A baby a few weeks old and slightly wounded looked around helplessly. A man lay with parts of his brain coming out. His family wailed at his side.
“Don’t you see that these people are hurting?” the militant was asked.
“But I am from the people, too,” he said, his smile incandescent. “They lost their loved ones as martyrs. They should be happy. I want to be a martyr, too.”
Tens if not hundreds of thousands of armed-to-the-teeth fanatics like the "militant" of this article sit on our country's borders. Those who urge their "peace" proposals on Israel while ignoring this satanic reality are thoughtless, pointless and a dangerous diversion. This man and his opinions are the enemy of not only us in this ongoing war.

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