Lesson (Yet To Be?) Learned
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Submitted by orange yonason (United States), Aug 16, 2005 at 01:24BS"D
And time is running out.
It seems that Dr. Pipes has treated recent developments on this subject in some detail here:
But he is mistaken in calling Sharon's behavior a "transformation." If all we see are Sharon's current machinations, we might still be perplexed by them, at least till we learn the extent of this chameleon's staunch Leftist past. As it turns out, Sharon is a Likudnik in name only. Idiologically he has always been at least as far to the left as Peres.
In describing Sharon's ... folly Shai Gefen has this to say in his piece "Dictatorship & Chutzpa," (you may be able to 'google' this.)
"MURDERED YET AGAIN!
What chutzpa and wickedness were
displayed by Sharon in his visit during
the Shiva to the Hatuel family. The man
came to dance on the blood of innocent
children, and he shamelessly continued
to speak about expelling Jews from
their homes to the mourners. The
mother and her children were killed as
they went out to convince members of
Likud to vote against the expulsion of
Jews from their homes. Sharon told Mr.
Hatuel and other grieving relatives that
he intends on advancing his plan!
Many of those present felt that the
family was being killed a second time.
Sharon! Your hands drip with
Mofaz is treated there, as well.
But could we have seen this coming? Maybe, if the information about him had been more readily available.
You might disagree with some of the opinions expressed in the following link, but if you filter out the interpretations and leave only Sharon's history, there are many disturbing facts which could have tipped us off to what an opportunistic liar he is, if only we had been able to check.
"Sharon and his new political party also advocated creating an independent PLO terrorist state in 1976, at a time when even the Marxist Labor Party publicly opposed a PLO terrorist state.
Furthermore, Sharon offered the number two spot on the Shlom Tzion [Peace Of Zion] party ticket to Yossi Sarid, who is such an extreme left-wing ... that he resigned from the Marxist Labor Party, because he complained that the Labor Party was not left-wing enough."
Sharon just pretended to oppose the ultra-Leftist plan to evacuate Gaza advocated by the Meretz party, of which Yossi Sarid is a member. True, Sharon didn't want them to carry it out the evil plan, but that was only so that he could. Well, now he will get the credit for it. And he'll have to live with that shame for the rest of his life.
This same accusation is leveled here:
"Sharon formed his own party, Shlomtzion, in 1977, and personally drafted its platform. Not only would Israel forfeit territories in order to achieve peace, Sharon wrote, but it would also negotiate with any Palestinian organization--presumably including the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)--willing to recognize the Jewish state."
There was a time when, as Shmuel Sackett says, "... Sharon screamed to the settlers, "Grab the hilltops and stake your claim" --and many followed his lead. Now, however, he has vowed to remove the "hilltop youth" and destroy -- not only their homes but their dreams as well."
But now he slanders the very patriots who bravely heeded his call to live on the front lines, and in typical leftist fashion he accuses them of violence and "endangering" the "peace process."
His Leftist past now gives a context to his "right wing" remarks, revealing that they were doubtless made in the full knowledge that he was only using them to manipulate the human pawns he needed to fulfill his own nefarious goals. Using them as bargaining chips, for the negotiations he freely admitted willing to have in 1977, was no doubt his plan all along.
[ASIDE: To put this into an American perspective, it's what we would have seen if we had John Kerry as our commander-in-chief, not that we are all that much better off with Mr. Bush pushing for, in the words of Bin Ladin, "justice for the Palestinians" in the form of a world center for terror activity.]
But I'm not saying that because I want to bash Sharon. In it's proper time, his measure of shame will be meted out. I'm only harping on this because we need to wake up to the truth about ourselves. We need to be aware of the ever more deadly situation we are getting into, and that politicians like Sharon (and Netinyahu, too) are NOT the solution. We need to stop pursuing false hopes for our salvation. And this should be especially clear now that we can see how the leftists we trusted have betrayed us and squandered our every advantage.
Why don't we yet realize the futility of chasing after hastily scribbled 'road map' to nowhere drawn up by our enemies and supported by our 'friends,' with the Arab enemy in hot pursuit? How can anyone believe that a map which avoids all the pitfalls is inferior to one that has us falling into each and every one? How long will it take before we "get it?"
Do we really want to break the cycle of folly, or are we happy just running away?
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