Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Burnin' and Looting Tonight

Israel is now officially out of Gaza. So what do the Palestinians do?":

Hours after the IDF rolled out, vans bristling with masked gunmen and blaring martial music rolled into this abandoned settlement, passing donkey carts laden with loot and families picnicking on yellowing lawns.

OC Southern Command Maj.-Gen. Dan Harel officially ceded control of the Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority on Monday evening, but by then the fate of Israel’s settlements had long been sealed. By early Monday morning, tens of thousands swarmed the settlements celebrating what leaders here called “a day of rebirth of the Gaza Strip.”

Students cut school, the terrorist groups carted out their homemade RPGs and prayed in the settlements’ smoldering synagogues, the poor scavenged the settlement carcasses, and the PA police and other security forces watched.

Looters torched synagogues and ripped what they could from what were considered the settlements’ sturdiest buildings.

The greenhouses, left behind by Israel as part of a deal brokered by international mediators, are a centerpiece of Palestinian plans for rebuilding Gaza after 38 years of Israeli occupation. The Palestinian Authority hopes the high-tech greenhouses will provide jobs and export income for Gaza’s shattered economy.

During a tour of Neveh Dekalim, Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei implored Palestinians to leave the structures intact, even as people scavenged through debris elsewhere in the settlement.

“These greenhouses are for the Palestinian people,” he said. “We don’t want anyone to touch or harm anything that can be useful for our people.”

Just minutes away, crowds of looters in the Gadid settlement overwhelmed hundreds of guards trying to protect the greenhouses. Guards acknowledged that in many cases, they were unable to stop the looting.

“They are taking plastic sheeting, they are taking hoses, they are taking anything they can get their hands on,” said Hamza Judeh, a Palestinian policeman.

Remember that about a week and a half back I wrote a couple of posts about the looters in New Orleans and how anarchy is the natural state of man, so when civilization is taken away, it isn't long before man will return to his natural state?

Well, here you go.

Israel was the only civilization the Palestinians knew. The governing bodies of the Palestinian territories (Fatah and Hamas) are terror organizations. That's not much of a civilizing influence. So, this is to be expected.

Israel leaving is the best thing for the Palestinians in the long run. They need to learn how to take care of themselves. (Hat tip LGF)