Play By Play
By: Kian Mokhtari
"Either we heal now, as a team, or we will die as individuals… that's all it is… Now, whattaya gonna do?"
Great speech; but time even for great speeches has passed in the Middle East . Arabs will not unite, they almost never have and the one time they did, seems like a very unlikely event in the distant past.
So Turkish Premier Recep Tayip Erdogan's pleas for Arab unity to save Palestine are a bit surprising really; considering he is a very seasoned and able politician.
It is not looking likely this illusive Arab unity business now is it?
I mean, if only there was Arab unity, they'd be landing on Jupiter by now, all would be particle or quantum physicists, angels of mercy, masters of human cultural development and all round nice guys. But in the sad absence of Arab unity our Arab neighbors are none of the above. So being champions of their Palestinian brothers' cause is also out of the question.
It is hard to find the words to describe the sheer uselessness of some Arab leaders. Oh of course they can scheme against the Persians and think up any number of gruesome endings for a nation that replaced their nomadic way of life with burdens of urban civilization. But the first Westerner through the doors and some Arab leaders' howls of groveling servitude fill the halls of their palaces.
Palestine is an orphan rejected even by its ugly, short and deformed foster parent, the Palestinian Authority. The authority is so unashamedly corrupt and morally bankrupt that expecting any kind of good coming out of its headquarters in Ramallah is foolhardy.
The do-gooders abroad all believe that the problem with Palestine lies overseas –and it does in a sense. But let's face it there are five million Israelis surrounded by 300 million Arabs. And while leaders of some nations in the Arab world were busy stabbing each other in the back over old arguments and getting rich, Israel was planning its future.
It is sad to see Palestine fall victim to Arab disunity and negligence but the battered and bruised nation will not be the first or the last Arab entity to bite the dirt.
Play by play Israel has planned ahead and it means to win.
Meanwhile the Arab world has its head in the sand hoping to make it somehow and that is as good a plan most Arab leaders have!
"Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 7