Thursday, June 21, 2007

Fatah: What A Bargain!!!

As you ought to know by now, George Bush has decided to free up $86 million in US aid to help shore up Mahmoud Abass' corrupt and dysfunctional government now bravely cowering in the West Bank. Eighty-six million dollars is a nice chunk of change, and as a concerned taxpayer I wanted to know exactly what that's gonna buy me. I'm sure all the parties involved would tell me something something stupid like I'm ensuring the successful continuation of the Middle East "Peace Process", whatever the hell that is. I suppose it's supposed to result in peace. So, in my naiveté I wondered whether or not al-Presidenté Abbas is interested in peace. Seeing as he's also the titular leader of Fatah, I went and found their constitution. The introduction to said document didn't exactly inspire me with confidence in my "investment"; let me show you why:

Dear brother, comrade of the struggle . . .
The significance of this constitution stems from its being an application of the principles of our struggle, the pedestal of the Movement . . . With those opening words, Fatah declares that it's entire reason for being is their "struggle", i.e. their never-ending war against Israel. This isn't exactly a ringing endorsement for our supposed partners in peace; if they're interested in living peaceably with Israel, why not say so? Moreover, the opening paragraph goes on to say that Fatah's constitution "is the diciplinary framework . . . that maintains [the Movement's] path and the revolution's future"(emphasis mine). Maintaining a revolution's future isn't exactly compatable with insuring domestic tranquility.

This constitution revolves around the following principles . . .

1. The armed revolution we are waging has been set into orbit by the principle that it is a public revolution, and not one of a distinguished class, and that the public is capable of practising struggle efficiently and conscientiously. The public is also the true protector of the revolutionary organisation. This organisation has satisfied the intimate relationship between the revolution and the public via the hierarchical structure of the Movement in which the public constitutes its solid, wide base.
To arms, downtrodden and oppressed memebrs of the proletar . . . um, Palestinians! Thou art efficient and conscientious patriots, therefore we are fit to rule over you in an overtly intimate fashion. Why? Because this piece of paper says so!
With this view of the public's role in mind, the role of the organised base in the Movement is crystallised. The Movement is in close contact with the public, sharing their cares and worries and inspired by their aspirations. The public is, therefore, the sole source of authorities and the sole, honest guardian of the Movement. It is also the only party authorised to take decisive decisions, and to elect the leadership at all levels . . .
. . . except, of course, for those of our brothers over in the Gaza Strip who voted into power a completely different movement. What the hell do they know, anyway?

2. The elected leadership assumes its responsibilities on the basis of the democratic centrality principle which warrants commitment of the lower ranks to the higher ranks' decisions. The leadership is, in turn, held accountable to its conferences and councils. Higher leaderships assume a pivotal responsibility which embodies the utter unity of the organisation in different districts and institutions.
Vote for us and we promise to form committees to hold ourselves accountable to. Really. We will. We're totally serious.

3. The Movement encourages freedom of expression and criticism within the disciplinary frameworks. This is a sacred right for all members, and no authority can deny them it. Any view or criticism within the disciplinary principles should not be taken as an indictment against a member afterwards. Free expression is the only guarantee to prevent the leaderships from committing mistakes or going astray, and it is the only effective method to convey the public opinion via the different bases to the Movement's leaderships.
4. The Movement firmly believes in self-criticism by all members in general and by those in authority in particular. This is important in order to attain the goal of free criticism and expression, to put an end to continual erring, and to spell out readiness to benefit from public and self criticism. By so doing, the Movement's experience will be very much developed and its path will be made much clearer.
Please feel free to criticise us. No, really, we encourage criticism. It is only then that we'll be able offer you the experience of our clear and fully developed diciplinary frameworks.

5. In its determination on liberation and bringing about historical social changes, the Movement attempts to launch the revolutionary moral values which are on a bar with our struggle, and to create the feeling of human dignity. To this effect, the Movement tries to liberate the individual from all social ills, especially the discrimination women face, the thing that hinders their potentials and effective contributions at all disciplinary levels. This entails that the relationships among members be objective and based on the Movement's principles and constitutions. Relationships based on personal interests have no place whatsoever. The Movement, consequently, treats all members on equal footing as far as their essential obligations are concerned, and it offers equal opportunity to all faithful and active members to occupy leading positions. And while it is keen on maintaining its path, it is keen as well to get an utmost benefit from its experiences to enrich its ideology and develop its infrastructure.
Fear not, for the Movement is your sole source of moral values and dignity and can fix all your problems. Oh, by the way, women and diversity are good things, therefore the Movement is an equal-opportunity employer, so long as your intentions are pure.

6. Through its struggle, the Movement endeavours to mobilise the public in order to gain the necessary support. This task should be handled by its members. It, therefore, spares no effort to make its members set examples for others to attract the public and consolidate their faith in and loyalty to the revolutionary organisation. As a result, the member has to lead a revolutionary and exemplary life which is based on loyalty, discipline, credibility, modesty, self-denial and altruism. At the same time, he must demonstrate the highest degree of pride, rejection of reality and conformity to the Movement's principles.
Every member of the Movement is its ambassador, so y'all need to be veritable paradigms of revolutionary virtue. Otherwise, we'll never be able to get people to believe any of this crap. And don't forget to reject reality and conform totally to what we say: remember, we have "diciplinary frameworks".

Money Poorly Spent
So, this is what I'm buying? A bunch of vague overtures to democracy, freedom of expression, and the implied consent of the governed? I don't want to maintain Fatah's path: the end of that path is the destruction of Israel and the annihilation of its people, or at least so sayeth Article the Twelfth:
Article (12) Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.
Now, in the past the US has supported some unsavory characters; Chaing Kai-Shek and Syngman Rhee come to mind. But at least they were interested in working with us to fight communism. Fatah won't even bother to go that far, as far as cooperation goes:
Article (22) Opposing any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine, as well as any project intended to liquidate the Palestinian case or impose any international mandate on its people.
What Fatah wants is genocide, and they've pledged themselves to getting it, no matter the cost; somehow I doubt a mere $86 million will suffice.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Safe Sex, Anyone?

This, boys and girls, is a prime example of Darwinism in action: these people are literally to stupid to reproduce.

AP reporting:

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Police on Wednesday were investigating how a naked couple fell four stories from the roof of a downtown office building to their deaths.

The man and woman were found near the sidewalk by a passing cab driver around 5 a.m. Wednesday. One person was pronounced dead at scene and the other died a short time later at a local hospital.Clothing was discovered on the roof, leading authorities to suspect the couple, in their early 20s, may have been having sex. Their identities were not released."It's too early to rule out anything," Columbia police Sgt. Florence McCants said, but McCants said a preliminary investigation didn't show any sign of foul play.

The roof of the building is pyramid-shaped.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Hamasistan & East Palestine

By all accounts Hamas is making steady gains in their conquest of the Gaza strip, having earlier today overrun the headquarters building of the PA's Preventative Security Service (Preventing Security Since 1993!). However, Fatah forces have dismissed such rumors as part of a propaganda war on the part of Hamas. In fact, Fatah's position in the Gaza Strip is so secure that their party's leader, Palestinian Authotity President Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) met with his top aides way the hell over in the West Bank to "assess the situation" and perhaps rethink his governing coalition with Hamas.

With Hamas now pretty much in control of the whole of Gaza and having not much of a presence in the West Bank (what with those evil Zionists locking up most of their local leaders and all), it's pretty obvious what the outcome here is going to be: a) An Islamist wing-nut paradise in the Gaza Strip and b) a lovely, moderate Arab republic for the "secular" wing-nuts in the West Bank. Take a look at your map of the Middle East, boys and girls, and you'll see who's now stuck standing between these lovely fellows. That's right, it's Israel! And as we all know, everybody hates Israel . . . well, most everybody, anyway. I mean, there's the US, the UK (I think), and we pay Egypt to pretend to like them, but I digress. Even if Hamas takes a moment to catch its collective breath, eventually one or the other of them is going to start a cross-border war, mainly becasue thy're both just plain stupid. And in that event, Hamas wins again because they have open access to the sea and, thus, easy access to arms shipments from their new best friends in Iran who late last year promised to maintain a united front against Zionist aggression, or something like that. Meanwhile, Israel's "Partners in Peace", aka Fatah, have easy access to . . . Jordan. And Israel. How do you say "Say goodnight, Gracie" in Hebrew?

"[T]he extraordinary dulling of our senses . . . "

"It is said that by removing Saddam or the Taliban—regimes that were authoritarian but also kept a form of order—the plight of Iraqis and Afghans has worsened and terrorism has been allowed to grow. This is a seductive but dangerous argument. Work out what it really means. It means that because these reactionary and evil forces will fight hard, through terrorism, to prevent those countries and their people getting on their feet after the dictatorships are removed, we should leave the people under the dictatorship. It means our will to fight for what we believe in is measured by our enemy's will to fight us, but in inverse proportion. That is not a basis on which you ever win anything... The truth is that the conflict in Iraq has mutated into something directly fuelled by the same elements that confront us everywhere. Yet a large, probably the larger, part of Western opinion would prefer us to withdraw. That is the extraordinary dulling of our senses that the terrorism has achieved... There is no alternative to fighting this menace wherever it rears its head. There are no demands that are remotely negotiable. It has to be beaten. Period." -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair