quarta-feira, fevereiro 25, 2004
Na NRO Jonah Goldberg escreve sobre a "questão" do muro israelita.
Israel is constructing a security barrier between itself and the West Bank. The hope is that it will curtail the influx of so-called suicide bombers who blow up people from all walks of life ? old, young, men, women, Arab, Muslim, Christian and, of course, Jews ? with regularity.
Yasser Arafat doesn't like the barrier, which in and of itself is a huge endorsement. Arafat claims that it will repartition the Holy Land and increase the hardships of the Palestinian people ? a subject he's an expert on as he has caused so many of those hardships himself.
Others don't like the wall because it will remove "incentives" for Israel to negotiate a permanent peace. In other words, they object to the fact that the wall will work. Because the "incentives" for Israel to negotiate are the waves of terrorists blowing up old ladies on buses and kids in pizza parlors.
This barrier will make such attacks much more difficult. A similar barrier in Gaza has prevented any successful suicide bombings. Since 2000 alone, there have been over 300 bombings from the West Bank.
Which illuminates the stupidity of the "Berlin Wall" analogy, bandied about by Arafat & Co., as well as by countless scribblers and talking heads here and in Europe. The Berlin Wall was built to keep people in, not to keep people out .
The people it kept in were decent folks who wanted to live in peace and democracy with their families, not people who wanted to perpetrate war by murdering families. So, yes, perhaps in the Bizzaro world from Superman comics, where everything is done backward, this wall qualifies as a new Berlin Wall. But here, in the realm where Earth-logic reigns supreme, it is distilled nonsense.
[W]hether you call terrorists "freedom fighters," "martyrs," or "accountants," a state has the right to defend its citizens from foreigners who blow up its people. And if, to that end, you build a barrier some people foolishly call a Berlin Wall, well, that's a small price to pay.
posted by Miguel Noronha 5:19 da tarde
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