Setting aside the fact that Israel is a friend to the Western world while many Palestinians would prefer to see us dead, that Israel wants peace and the Palestinians want genocide, and that the Pals are a pathetic, parasitic, backwards, savage, unsympathetic people who wouldn't know what to do with a state if they had it, consider the message that is sent when the world backs these sort of tactics,
Mohammed Shriteh, 30, is an ambulance driver registered with and trained by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.
His first day of work in the al-Quds neighbourhood was January 1, the sixth day of the war. "Mostly the war was not as fast or as chaotic as I expected," Mr Shriteh told the Herald. "We would co-ordinate with the Israelis before we pick up patients, because they have all our names, and our IDs, so they would not shoot at us."
Mr Shriteh said the more immediate threat was from Hamas, who would lure the ambulances into the heart of a battle to transport fighters to safety.
"After the first week, at night time, there was a call for a house in Jabaliya. I got to the house and there was lots of shooting and explosions all around," he said.
Because of the urgency of the call, Mr Shriteh said there was no time to arrange his movements with the IDF.
"I knew the Israelis were watching me because I could see the red laser beam in the ambulance and on me, on my body," he said.
Getting out of the ambulance and entering the house, he saw there were three Hamas fighters taking cover inside. One half of the building had already been destroyed.
"They were very scared, and very nervous ... They dropped their weapons and ordered me to get them out, to put them in the ambulance and take them away. I refused, because if the IDF sees me doing this I am finished, I cannot pick up any more wounded people.
"And then one of the fighters picked up a gun and held it to my head, to force me. I still refused, and then they allowed me to leave."
Mr Shriteh says Hamas made several attempts to hijack the al-Quds Hospital's fleet of ambulances during the war.
This is not an Abu Ghraib, where a few yahoos got out of hand and the world's biggest over-reaction occurred, it's standard operating procedure for Hamas.
They use ambulances to move their soldiers around. They use aid money given to them for civilians to buy weaponry. They don't wear uniforms. They hide amongst civilians. They deliberately target civilians. They use children as suicide bombers. They openly proclaim they want genocide and have no interest in peace -- ever. In other words, they are far more vile than the defining standard for evil, the Nazis.
Yet, people are rooting for them to win.
There are a number of reasons for that. There's raw anti-Semitism, Muslims who will always root for Muslims over unbelievers, people who hate Israel, people who've been brainwashed by propaganda, those who will always root for the weaker over the stronger, no matter what the situation may be, on and on.
However, do people realize what they are legitimizing by rooting for the Palestinians to win this way? In other words, have they thought about what would happen if the Palestinians were perceived as having "won" somehow because of these tactics?
Surely people are not so foolish as to believe that if these tactics work, they won't be used in other places -- and not just the United States. If the Palestinians can win a "victory" like this, then why shouldn't the "Muslim youths" who are burning cars in France use the same tactics? How about Muslims who want Spain to belong to Islam again? How about Pakistanis who feel, with some justification, discriminated against by Italians?
The world is full of people with grievances and if blowing apart Israelis or Americans is Ok, then why isn't blowing apart Western Europeans? If anything, they have proven to be much more susceptible to being "persuaded" by murderous violence and as we have seen, Muslims across the world, would be sympathetic or at least largely silent about those sort of attacks.
If the Palestinians were to achieve their aims and instituted a Holocaust part 2 against Israel, I suspect there would be quite a bit of cheering not just in Muslim capitols, but all around Western Europe. However, you have to wonder how long the cheering would continue once they realized that they had in effect, sanctioned that very same behavior against their own people in the future.
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