First, shed crocodile tears. Then waste these genetically programmed Jew-killing machines before they waste you: "The poverty and the death and the despair among Palestinians in Gaza moves me to tears. How can it not? Who can see pictures of children in a war zone or a slum street and not be angry and bewildered and driven to protest? And what is so appalling is that it is so unnecessary. For there can be peace and prosperity at the smallest of prices. The Palestinians need only say that they will allow Israel to exist in peace. They need only say this tiny thing, and mean it, and there is pretty much nothing they cannot have. Yet they will not say it. And they will not mean it. For they do not want the Jews. Again and again - again and again - the Palestinians have been offered a nation state in a divided Palestine. And again and agian they have turned down the offer, for it has always been more important to drive out the Jews than to have a Palestinian state. It is difficult sometimes to avoid a feeling that Hamas and Hezbollah don't want to kill Jews because they hate Israel. They hate Israel because they want to kill Jews." (Israel just wants to live in peace, Daniel Finkelstein, The Australian/The Times, 10/1/09)
And yet, and yet, one can always get a laugh somewhere, even, as it happens, on the same 'opinion' page as Daniel Finkelstein's delusional drivel. Check out this wee gem from the pen of The Australian's Middle East correspondent: "There is an intriguing little town in the Negev desert in Israel called Tze'elim which, although most people have never heard of it, has played a key role in this week's ground invasion of Gaza.... various mock villages have been built; if it's training for fighting in Nablus on the West Bank... then it's up the back. Gaza? Over to the right, please. Ot today we might be simulating jungle warfare against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon." (Year of living dangerously, John Lyons) That's right, folks, jungle warfare - in south Lebanon!!!