Friday, May 20, 2005

Violence in Gaza

Three Palestinian commandos holed up in an abandoned house outside Kfar Darom fired off six anti-tank rockets in a bid to storm the settlement before Israeli soldiers returned fire, Israeli military sources said.

One gunman was killed and the other two escaped, one of whom was wounded, according to Palestinian medics.

Claiming the attack, the three militant groups named the dead man as Mohammed Barakeh, 23, a member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Their joint statement pledged to respect the informal truce but said they were determined to "avenge Israeli crimes".

Emphasis mine.

Let's run down this series of events.
  • Palestinian terrorists barricade themselves in a house.
  • Said terrorists fire 6 anti-tank rockets into an Israeli settlement.
  • Israeli troops locate terrorist location and return fire.
  • Israeli defensive fire kills one Hamas terrorist. Two others escape.
  • Terrorists pledge to respect the truce.
  • Terrorists accuse Israeli's of committing crimes.
That seems to be a pretty straight-forward chain of events until it becomes convoluted due to, maybe it's my confusion (?), Palestinian terrorist delusional schizophrenia.

This goes right back to my favorite saying, my own personal Holy Grail: taking personal responsibility. The Palis don't seem to be capable of taking personal responsibility for anything that they do. This chain of events listed above illustrates that point. No matter what, they feel that it is not their fault, they are the victims, and they are avenging the wrongs that they perceive the Israeli's are doing to them.

Now, I have to admit I'm nowhere near a scholar in Israeli politics. However, taking a strictly logical standpoint, it seems impossible to acknowledge this kind of action as legitimate. When a criminal is killed in the commission of a crime, it is not the fault or crime of the person who killed him or whomever that person represents. Well, at least not in the letter of the law. The practice is a bit different.