Wednesday, June 19, 2002
The Israeli Response and the Putative Palestinian State
The second piece is about the current U.S. administration's just plain not seeming to get that there's something brain damaged about continuing down this road of a tentative (or putative or hypothetical or something) Palestinian state while this sequence of murder by suicidal bombings continues. I agree completely that there seems to be a high "just doesn't get it" factor going on between the White House and the State Department, but I also think I see an upside to constructing a Palestinian proto-state that's more of a legit government than the current (Oslo) arrangement with the Palestinian Authority (i.e., those theiving, murdering, Soviet-era-remnant bastards).
What happens when two states go to war? When the murderous actions of the government or citizens of one state result in another state responding militarily, a possible outcome is the seizure of a chunk of territory of the attacking state by the responding state. I don't claim to be any kind of expert in the legalities of war, but I do believe (and I welcome corrections if I'm wrong) that that kind of loss of territory from the aggressor is considered a perfectly legit outcome of the results of military defensive actions.
Still, even delaying the announcing of some kind of plan by the current administration that includes this putative Palestinian state until just next week given the murderous action yesterday seems just clueless. I can understand that the administration would not want to set a public deadline that N days have to happen without a bombing for such an announcement because it gives any group that could pull off another bombing, whether Fatah or Hamas, a veto over the plan, but I would expect the administration, if only the president, to have a secret deadline saying no more bombings in a time frame on the order of months, not days, before proceding with any kind of plan recognizing any kind of Palestinian statehood.