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Disarm the Palestinians but Not the Israelis?

Posted by tdepp on January 8, 2009

I’ve never understood this: Israel and even, apparently my own Man Crush, President-elect Barack Obama, want a disarmed Palestine.

Getting rid of Hamas’ crappy (but occasionally deadly) rockets from Gaza is part of this strategy.  (I in no way endorse or approve of their unprovoked launching of these rockets at Israel.  But how about a little proportionality of response, Israel?)

In 1988 when I was in Palestine (the West Bank and Gaza), these were the typical weapons I saw the Palestinians use–rocks and slingshots.  Sometimes some burning tires.  Meanwhile, the Israel troops I had first-hand “interaction” with had M-16s, Uzis, armored transports, tear-gas grenades, rubber bullets and the like.  Hardly seemed like a fair fight to me.

While Palestine might not yet be a country–practically, I say it is since it has a government, borders, and at least some international recognition–it also has a right to defend itself.  As does Israel, also a sovereign nation-state.

While we might find it repugnant, few nations in the world don’t have militaries or at least police–A/K/A “para-military” organizations.  Why would anyone expect Palestine to be any different?

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