This post was first published on April 2, 2002.
It occurs to me that I need one simple question answered, and only one. Let’s for the moment drop all of my arguments about the Palestinian suicide bombings, the refugee problems; in fact, let’s assume for the moment that I agree with everything you say regarding the Palestinian side of things. Except for this.
I have one question, and one question only: In what way does blowing up families sitting down to the Passover dinner aid the Palestinian cause? Please explain this to me in short, simple sentences so that I may follow your logic. Let me repeat it in simpler phrases: How do suicide bombings advance Palestinian self-rule and solve the refugee problem?
No, don’t go on about how they’re driven to it by the wretched excesses of the Israeli oppressors, or the conditions of the camps, or the Right of Return, or for whatever other reason you can think of. Answer the question, simply and directly: In what way does blowing the arms and legs off old men and women and children solve the problems of the Palestinian refugees? You can start like this: “Blowing up innocent men, women, and children helps solve the Palestinian refugee problem because…”
When you can answer that question to my satisfaction, then I will begin to take your arguments seriously.