Saudi Columnist to Palestinians: Do Something Useful
"The main mistake lies in the fact that the Palestinian organizations did not respond correctly to the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza... and its consequences. Instead of beating their swords into plowshares, pens, and other things that are needed for the development of Palestinian society - in terms of the economy, society, culture, and so on - most of them read the developments incorrectly and immaturely. This was exploited by the terrorist networks, that are funded and run by the regimes of the ayatollahs in Tehran and the Ba'th [party] in Syria, and [people] have been taken in by delusions and empty slogans like 'liberation from the river to the sea' [that are heard] among the poor, hungry, and desperate Palestinian masses. At present, what [these masses] need most is food, medicines, clothing, and other essentials - not explosive belts, car bombs, and the slogan, 'Congratulations, oh Martyr, the black-eyed virgin awaits you.'"
He's absolutely right, of course. As long as the Palestinians use all of their available resources and all of their energy to acquiring and shooting Quassam-rockets, suicide bomber belts and other weapons that are only bound to invite the kind of Israeli retaliation they now whine about, why should we pity them and give them the consumer goods they could have produced instead of Quassam-rockets?