He was responsible for blowing up babies in pizza parlors. Yet
Chirac did everything possible to save his life and honor him. He
babies shot in their homes and schools, sometimes while their mothers
watched. Yet Jimmy Carter welcomed him into his home in Plains,
Rosalind actually served him a nice dinner.
Much of Europe and Scandinavia called him "a great and courageous
leader," yet he orphaned the babies of 11 Israeli athletes
in the 1972
Munich Olympics. He murdered a disabled, elderly American tourist,
wheelchair-confined grandfather of the Klinghoffer babies by
"heroically" tossing grandpa off a cruise ship at sea.
Bush said, "May God rest his soul," upon hearing initial
of his death.
To the Arab and Muslim world, his legacy was teaching their babies
to blow up and murder innocent non-Muslims. Yet he somehow attained
heroic status. And there you have the upside down world in which
live today. Under present conditions, a Palestinian state would
undoubtedly send the horrible message that there are positive
consequences to terrorism.
It would be virtually impossible for Ariel Sharon, upon hearing
good news of bin Laden's demise, to react with, "May God rest
soul." The correct Jewish response would be, "How wonderful.
dead. Now let's have a holiday or at the very least a party!"
Well, Arafat is finally dead. "Hooray; the wicked witch is
is actually an appropriate Jewish reaction from which the free world
can learn a valuable lesson. There should be no compassion for evil
whether it is Hamas, al Qaeda, Timothy McVeigh, Pol Pot or Hitler
himself. "Purposely" hurting innocent people changes the
status of a
human being into sub-human monster.
So where do we go from here? Do the Palestinians deserve, yes deserve
state? The simple answer is "No, but...." After 2000 years,
agreed to divide ancient Israel, which belonged to the Jews, into
parts; giving half the land to Arabs and the other half to Jews.
Naturally, Arabs were permitted to continue living in the Jewish
and reap their rewards. However, Jews were forbidden to live in
Arab portion, keeping Arab/Muslim land Judenrein. Somehow, the entire
free world has agreed with this bizarre position.
Egyptian born Abu Amar aka Arafat was able to change his birth
certificate without forgery by simply repeating the big lie. This
Master Manipulator understood that the best way to keep his message
CNN, NBC, ABC and CBS was to maintain refugee status on his people
change the word occupation from a noun to a verb. The wandering
morphed into the wandering Palestinian, a people without a homeland.
Would it be possible to keep generations of people in refugee camps,
where no one was guarding them or forcing this squalor? Now that
trick worth studying whereby bright people remain destitute and
to kill themselves, while their leader steals infrastructure funds
set up his wife in a Parisian hotel on $500,000 per week. And they
somehow love him for it. This is not a fairy tale. The wicked witch
a real live person with a kaffiya.
Now that the ultimate terrorist is dead, where do we go from here?
peace possible in 2004-5? The truthful answer is "no,"
unless one has
the bizarre belief that it is indeed possible to negotiate and trust
evil. Of course, many immoral, foolish leaders have bought into
Neville Chamberlain approach. Such moral luminaries (sic) as Chirac,
Straw, Annan and Schroeder have fallen into the foolish leftist
called "trusting humanity", whereby even Bill Clinton
and Dennis Ross
once mistakenly stepped.
Unless we begin with the premise that people need to earn or deserve
something before the are given it, society will fail. The Jewish
yearned for a return to their homeland for 2000 years. Therefore,
valid argument can be made that the Palestinians still have 1950
to approach a quid pro quo. Why did this simple fact not even enter
into the Oslo process or the Camp David talks? Because we live in
world of immediate gratification which usually leads to disaster.
It is necessary and better for a group to wait and learn values
they are permitted to have a state. There are very wise biblical
precedents for this concept. 3350 years ago, God made an incredible
effort to "take the Jews out of Egypt," and bring them
into their land
of Israel. He used plagues to free them and even split a giant sea
After all those amazing miracles, the Master of the Universe made
same Jews wander in the desert for 40 years, before bringing them
the Promised Land. Herein lies the answer to the present
Israeli-Palestinian issue. God understood the important concept
the children of Israel were simply not ready for their own state,
because they were filled with poisonous Egyptian values and a death
That generation had to die out and a new generation had to be raised
and taught different values and behavior. Unless this same change
applied to the Arab Palestinians, a decent, democratic state is
possible. As the Jews did 3300 years ago, Arabs must change their
thinking, their ideologies, their methods of raising their children
their behavior. The Arab Palestinians must go through their own
"Wilderness Program" in the same way that Jewish Palestinians
The simple answer to this lingering problem that politicians have
been able to figure out is that the West Bank and Gaza should become
commonwealths of Israel for at least a generation. If the Palestinians
take advantage of learning science, technology, business,
nation-building, values and democracy from Jews, while teaching
children the important biblical concept of "love your neighbor,"
separate state can eventually go off on their own. Just like an
spinoff, only then will their shares truly be worth something.
Irwin N. Graulich is a well known motivational speaker on morality,
ethics, religion and politics. He is also President and CEO of a
leading marketing, branding and communications company in New York
City. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org