Buttle's World

8 May, 2009

Not Peace, But Hudna

Filed under: Posts — clgood @ 8:21

The Arab word for a phony truce is hudna. And the West keeps falling for it. Charles Krauthammer doesn’t.

The Times conducted a five-hour interview with Hamas leader Khaled Meshal at his Damascus headquarters. Mirabile dictu, they’re offering a peace plan with a two-state solution. Except. The offer is not a peace but a truce that expires after 10 years. Meaning that after Israel has fatally weakened itself by settling millions of hostile Arab refugees in its midst, and after a decade of Hamas arming itself within a Palestinian state that narrows Israel to eight miles wide — Hamas restarts the war against a country it remains pledged to eradicate.

There is a phrase for such a peace: the peace of the grave.

Westerners may be stupid, but Hamas is not. It sees the new American administration making overtures to Iran and Syria. It sees Europe, led by Britain, beginning to accept Hezbollah. It sees itself as next in line. And it knows what to do. Yasser Arafat wrote the playbook.

Michael Ledeen has a good definition of peace:

Wars end when one side wins and the other loses. The winner imposes terms on the loser, and those terms are called ‘peace.’

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