Wednesday, August 24, 2005

The "Refuge Camps"
In the Peaceful Land of Palestine

A little info about the history of the Peaceful State of Palestine, from Atlas Shrugs:

“Despite the money, despite the aid, despite the technology, despite the paid-for experts to teach it [many Third World countries have failed]. Why? An alternate recipe: theft, embezzlement, corruption, waste, incompetence but, above all, chaos.”

“When I landed in England again [recently], the papers were full of Ariel Sharon pulling the last Israeli settlements out of the Gaza Strip and, I though, that is another example. I saw Gaza on my first visit to Israel in 1968. It was created in the same year as the UN created Israel: 1948.

It was supposed to be a temporary camp for Palestinians displaced by the new Israeli state. Its inhabitants were supposed to be able to return to the new plots of land inside Israel or accept a living space in the lands of their surrounding Arab ‘brothers.’ (This was 19 years before the Israeli conquests of 1967). Alas, the ‘brothers’ did precious little. Gaza had better propaganda value as a festering sore of human misery to be waved before the world.

It soon became a sewage-smelling slum. But aid did pour in; billions of it, enough to make that tiny plot a mini Garden of Eden, a prosperous, healthy, thriving enclave beside the blue Mediterranean south of Ashkelon. Fifty years later, it was still a sewage-smelling slum, wreathed in chaos. What happened to all the money? Well, the Palestinian leadership embezzled half of it; the rest went on guns, bullets and explosives.”

How is it that the efforts of not only the Palestinian people, but of the entire world, as represented by the United Nations, and all the money, and all the media's help, and everything have all gone to nothing? How is it that the Palestinian state never improves? Why are they still living in "refuge camps?" How could that possibly be?

I mean, even if you came home one day to find your entire house buried in horse manure, you would find a way to fix it over the course of the next 57 years, wouldn't you?