I don’t pretend to know a lot, or maybe even a little, about Israel and the Palestinians.  That said, I’ve long thought the Palestinians would have long ago had their own state if they had learned some lessons from Ghandi and Martin Luther King.  Honestly, whatever sympathy I feel for the plight of the Palestinians– and it is substantial– melts away when they turn to terrorism and attacking civilians.  Thus, I thought Tomasky’s take was spot-on:

The Palestinians are among the world’s most scorned and dispossessed people, but they’ve been saddled with the worst liberation movement in the history of liberation movements.

First and foremost, if they’d been a nonviolent movement, they’d have had their state 20 years ago. No understanding at all of either the Jewish or the American conscience, which resists “resistance” at all costs but melts at the first sight of a person standing before a tank holding a rose.

Seems a little dismissive of the “American conscience” but, nonetheless, basically accurate, I think.


About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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