Sunday, October 11, 2009
There's More to a Pulpy Mess Than Meets the Eye
It's a fact, folks. There were more Palestinians killed during the second intifada than Jews. The final tallies, I believe, were around 800 dead Israelis and 2,000 dead Palestinians. And while nobody that I know is disputing these numbers, a strong case could also be made regarding their deceptiveness. 1) The Palestinian figure includes (unfairly, in my opinion) the blown up bodies of suicide bombers themselves. 2) The Jewish number doesn't take into account the fact that many of the attempted terrorist plots were foiled. It's not like the Palestinians weren't trying to kill more than 800. 3) The Palestinian number is heightened by the fact that terrorists frequently use civilians as human shields/place their headquarters and/or bomb-making facilities in residential areas - shamelessly so, for Christ! 4) The Palestinian figure also includes civilians caught in the crossfire - even when it is totally unclear from which side the killing shot came. 5) The disparity between Israeli and Palestinian deaths is also a function of the differential way in which the two sides allocate health care. The Israelis immediately take their wounded to Israeli hospitals. The Palestinians, not having similar facilities on their side, refuse to do so (i.e., take their wounded to Israeli hospitals) - this, despite the fact that Israeli hospitals DO NOT DISCRIMINATE. It's absolutely beyond dispute that many of these 2,000 Palestinians could have been saved. The only thing preventing that was Palestinian hatred. I mean, how frigging sad is that, huh?.......................................................................................P.S. It also must be pointed out that the Palestinian Authority clearly had the capacity to improve the Palestinian health care system. This entity has been given approximately 6 billion in international aid over the years. Apparently, they've squandered this money on other "priorities".