Friday, February 09, 2007
They Agreed, But...
They agreed. Gazans are happy. Rightly so. They don't want to die in the cross fire. Afterall, there are plenty of other ways for them to die. Fewer choices are better in this case.
The agreement saves both groups' necks in front of their own people, who were disgusted by them both. Each group will sell the agreement to its cadres as a "victory" for the group.
Some questions remain:
Why couldn't they reach such an agreement in Gaza? Why couldn't they do that before 100 people died? Was the trip to Mecca necessary? Was it important to get Mash'al literally in the picture side by side with Abbas?
What is the meaning of"national" in a national Unity government ? Is it the nation defined as Fateh and Hamas with some crumps thrown for "others"?
Does the agreement mean that the murderes will be arrested?
Does the agreement mean that the murderes will remain at large?
It's particularly irritating how everybody, including "the leaders" are tripping over themselves thanking the leaders and praising the leaders, thanking and praising, as if a great miraculous achievement has just been reached!
Yes, thank you for agreeing not to shoot at each other with us caught in the middle. Thank you for agreeing to play "political chairs" without crippling each other. Thank you for agreeing not to flush the Palestinian cause totally down the drain!
It seems we are applying the "ya tabtab wa dalla3" theory of Palestinian politics.
I prefer the "agree and shut up" theory.