June 10, 2004
Washington State Dhimmicrats
The Washington State Democrats (Dhimmicrats) have posted their 2004 Platform as adopted at last weekend's convention. This is the platform plank regarding Israel, showing the convention floor editing on the draft platform as prepared by the platform committee. (
Strikethrough indicates a deletion, underline an addition). See if you can spot the most interesting change:
The United States should commit to vigorous, serious
, and persistent and evenhanded engagement towards a peaceful resolution of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, promoting negotiations that lead to a viable two-state solution resolution and ensure security and a good quality of life for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples.
As I noted earlier, the moral vacuum of the word "even-handed" is bad enough. But even more noteworthy was the deletion of the phrase "two-state solution". This was apparently removed because enough delegates were pushing for a one-state "solution" (i.e. a Palestinian state to replace Israel). The resulting plank was the "compromise".
Compare and contrast with the state Republican platform plank supporting "...Israel in winning their war against terror in their homeland."
Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at June 10, 2004 06:02 PM
It drives me crazy when people try to seek justification for organizations like Hamas.
Terrorism is terrorism.
It must have been the Olympia - no, Rachel Corrie tribe - Democrats that prevailed in removing the 'two-state' adjective. They have invested so much in those jihadis...
I absolutely believe in even-handed treatment for Irael and Palestinians - and when Israelis start blowing up children with suicide bombers I'll be just as happy to condemn them as subhuman barbarians as I am to condemn Paleoswinians.
Wait a minute, somehow I don't think that's what they meant by "even handed".
To paraphrase Winston Churchill, being even-handed means not distinguishing between arsonists and firefighters.
Being even-handed in any dispute is morally and intellectually irresponsible.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this platform to reflect Democrats running at the statewide level? How pointless is it to be adding planks on items they cannot even affect with policy?
Excuse me, Stephan, but some of us Zionists still oppose a ‘two state solution’, especially if that second state isn't Jordan. Remember that until just a few years ago, the idea of a two state solution was such anathema that no US president dared openly support it. How far has the debate moved, if failing to support a ‘two state solution’ is now seen as a sign of dhimmitude.
Uh, question: why should Americans care what happens in Isreal...or any country outside the western hemisphere. Quite frankly, I don't care about Isreal or Palestine. They can keep killing each other for all I care. We should stay out of the cross fire and let them take care of it. That would be the wise thing to do.
I think the Dude is right. American apathy would force the Palestinians to be realistic.
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Sure, American apathy is great;) Then our elected officials could do whatever they want, including turning their back on connections between Al Quaida and the Hamas and Hezbollah. Remember 9-11? We do live on one world where terrorists across the world can reach out and touch someone.
Here's a better solution than sticking our heads in the sand: Let's pretend we are the French and give the terrorists $$ in hopes that they won't hurt us. Don't you think that Israel has tried appeasement in terms of land for peace?? It doesn't seem to work for them, so why would you think it might work for us? Because we are so much better people?
Here is a couple reasons why we should care about Israel: They are our allies in the middle east, the only democracy in that region, and democracy is good for schmucks like you, me, and abdullah.