The BBC has a report on Gaza that is largely their usual chorus of the “poor Palestinians” mantra, while downplaying the lawlessness:
|All this has to be kept in context. Much of the upheaval has been confined to the south, and to the town of Rafah in particular - and much of the turmoil has about it an element of show.|
|There have been few casualties, and very little serious, sustained violence. Protesting gunmen who occupy government buildings often leave as soon as they have made their point.|
|The chaos has its roots in many problems.|
|This society has been radicalised and traumatised by its confrontation with the Israelis, who occupied Gaza decades ago and only evacuated their settlers and troops last summer. Thousands of Palestinians have been killed, injured or lost their homes during years of violence.|
|There are numerous armed factions that used to channel their violent energies into attacks on the Israelis - but they now have little on which to focus.|
|In this broken, crowded, poverty-stricken place there is an intense struggle for resources that can lead to lawlessness. A number of the kidnappings have been carried out by militia groups demanding jobs in the formal security agencies.|
Thank you, Arafat. What a legacy you have bestowed on these people. Being an Egyptian, they were never "yours" anyway, were they? More like your golden goose, the ones the world's useful idiots paid you to take care of.
But as anarchy descends, someone is finally willing to speak up and call it correctly (and the BBC, after paragraphs of excuses, is willing to give him voice):
|But there is now a growing appreciation of the depth of the malaise in Palestinian society.|
|Hafiz Barghouti, the editor of the newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeed, has written: "It appears we are neither prepared to change, nor admit that we have failed in running our own affairs. Everyone is busy calculating how to make the biggest possible gains at the homeland's expense.|
|"While most Palestinians find it easy to blame the occupation for all our ills, it is a fact that the occupation was not as bad as the lawlessness and corruption that we are now facing."|
All they know how to do is detonate.