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Extraterrestrial Stupidity

Reader comment on item: America's Shiny New Palestinian Militia

Submitted by Porf. Paul Eidelberg (Israel), Mar 16, 2010 at 05:30

I want to congratulate Dr. Pipes for his incisive critique of the U.S. program to reform, recruit, train, and equip a Palestinian militia of 30,000 troops in the West Bank and to make them "politically accountable." Pipes calls this program, which is costing American taxpayers 100 million a year, "the stupidest program the U.S. government has ever undertaken."

Pipes knows that Palestinian police in the past have aided and participated in terrorist attacks against Israel , and he predicts the aforesaid militia will do so in the future. From this we can draw the following conclusions:

First, the key to understand the Palestinian Authority is the primacy of its Islamic character. Pipes emphasizes that the PA is committed not to peace but to wiping Israel off the map. In fact, the maps of the PA depict Israel as "Palestine."

Second, by financing said Palestinian militia, the U.S. government has become a virtual patron of Arab terrorism. But this could be said of U.S. administrations that have bankrolled the PLO-Palestinian Authority since the signing of Israel-PLO Agreement of 1993.

Third, Israel's own government—regardless of which party has been at the helm during the past 17 years—may well be regarded as Israel's own gravedigger. It has not only appeased the PLO-Palestinian authority, but it has also approved of the U.S. program discussed above!

Now, if this program, in Dr. Pipes words, is "the stupidest program the U.S. government has ever undertaken," what shall we say of Israel's government's approval of this program? To describe it as stupid is not enough. I prefer to attribute its approval to extraterrestrial stupidity.

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