Absurdities Du Jour
“And I just don't think you can support democracy and then say, well, we have to do this because of the outcome.” – C. Rice, Jan 29, 2006Why not? The election of Hamas reveals the values of the Palestinian majority. We should judge the people appropriately and act accordingly. To do anything else is to betray one’s own values. To view the will of the majority as always respectable—indeed, as defining what is right and wrong—is moral subjectivism in its collectivist variant. Thus, if the Palestinian people accept the hate-filled violence-soaked values of Hamas, then these are their authentic values, according to this line of reasoning. This, of course, is multi-cultural relativism at its worse.
Need I comment? This reminds us of the women who marries an alcoholic that promises to but never reforms. One day she says, “Now that I’m pregnant he’ll have to become responsible and support the family.” But a pattern of undeserved forgiveness only solidifies bad habits. This, too, has been the case with Palestinians. Since two thirds of Palestinian wealth is from foreign aid, given to them despite their decent into depravity, don’t expect more aid to encourage positive change.
"They’ll have to behave responsibly now that they are the government” – various writers.
“We have to support Hamas because if we don’t,The rationale is that we’ll have control if we fund Hamas. We could threaten them by withholding funds … wait, that’s just what Williams says we can’t do! This line of moral depravity would have us funding terrorists before more unsavory characters do. Would it really have been better if the State Department funded 9/11 so that they didn’t get their money from bin Laden?
will” – leftist media pundits like Juan Williams Iran
“We do understand that the Palestinian people may have some humanitarian needs” – C. Rice, Jan 29, 2006There is an idea, circulating in the media, that you can separate the nation from the people who just elected a terrorist regime. We can’t support terrorist nations but we have to help the people, we are told, who are poor and unemployed. This means funding terrorists. There’s no one else there. They are filled with hate for the Jews, they vigorously support targeting and killing civilians, they idolized suicide bombers, and they cheered on 9/11. Why do we help them?
“They must renounce their platform for a destruction ofWhy ask them to lie? This is the core of their being. This is what makes them get up in the morning. From childhood they are taught to hate Jews. It is drummed into them. They aspire to become suicide bombers. Their religious leaders extol the virtues of Jihad. Our leaders' superficial focus on rhetoric amounts to saying “bad, Arabs, now wash you mouth out before we can talk again!”
…” – the President and others Israel
“And the Palestinian people have an aspiration for peace. We know that.” – C. RiceHow do you know this, Madam Secretary? Ouija boards don’t count.
Our leaders are symptoms of deeper problems in our culture. The first is the philosophy of Pragmatism which holds that there is no firm reality, expediency (not principles) is the effective means to success, “winging it” is preferable to having a plan, and human beings have no identity—they can act differently regardless of their character, history, and core beliefs.
The second failure is a philosophy of altruism—not generosity but a fundamentalist-socialist belief holding that ethics means putting the values and interests of others first. With all the people suffering in the world, an altruist helps their enemies first while asking friends to continue to suffer. “It’s our duty to suffer and endure so that we may serve those whose values come before ours.” The altruist perverts the regard for others, which is an integral part of ethical principles, into the total focus and object of ethical concern. Thus, to the altruist, helping one’s enemies is the ultimate proof of being moral, i.e. of placing others above self.
We are not responsible for feeding the children of our enemies. By electing Hamas they have declared themselves an enemy of civilization and should be shunned by all. Two thirds of their sustenance comes from foreign sources, mostly Western. Without foreign support the Palestinian threat to
Repudiate the past policies of appeasing terrorists like Arafat. Face the threat of Islam which Hamas is a prime example. Expose, with full brutal honestly, the barbarian culture of the Palestinian Arabs that now exists in the
It’s time to draw a line in the sand. This is it! While others demand our President appease Hamas if they make superficial changes, we should demand tougher policies unconditionally, unilaterally, completely, and irrevocably. Write to the President, Senators, and Congressmen. You’ll be proud you did.