Alas! Despite tons of K'Ssam rockets, suicide bombers, rowdy resistence movements, sweet neckerchiefs, settlements, Arab League and the undeniable thirst for justice of anywhere from 200 million to 300 million members (physical or spiritual) of Arab League - for whatever reasons - Americans do NOT get it.
They still don't sympathise with Palestine - or Arab League.
"These abysmally low numbers on the Palestinians are due to their continuing failure to engage public opinion in the US.
"While the Israelis aggressively project their story, the Palestinians, the Arabs in general, do not.
"Fault certainly can be placed on the unbalanced way major US networks and press cover the Israeli-Palestinian story, but in this age where “new media” provide new possibilities and where many sectors of the US public (young people, women and minority communities) are more open than ever before to hearing a counter-narrative of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this continuing decline in Palestinian ratings is worrisome and inexcusable"
Really? Au contraire mon frer!
"Arabs, whatever their medieval achievements (as best I can understand, they were mainly achievements of transmission — "Arabic" numerals, for example, came from India) are politically hopeless.
Who can dispute this?
"Look at the last 50-odd years, since the colonial powers left. What have the Arabs accomplished? What have they built? Where in the Arab world is there a trace or a spark of democracy? Of constitutionalism? Of laws independent of the ruler's whim? Of free inquiry? Of open public debate? Where in your house is there any article stamped "Made in Syria?"
"Arabs can be individually very charming and capable, and perform very well in free societies like the U.S.A. There are at least two recent Nobel prizes with Arab names attached. Collectively, though, as nations, the Arabs are no-hopers.
So, what is magically about the two Palestines?
"Everywhere you look around the Arab world you see squalor, despotism, cruelty, and hopelessness. The best they have been able to manage, politically speaking, has been the Latin-American style one-party kleptocracies of Egypt and Jordan.
"Those are the peaks of Arab political achievement under independence, under government by their own people. The norm is just gangsterism, with thugs like Assad, Qaddafi, or Saddam in charge. It doesn't seem to be anything to do with religion: the secular states (Libya, Syria) are just as horrible as the religious ones like Saudi Arabia.
"We are all supposed to support the notion of a Palestinian state.
"We know perfectly well what it would be like. Why should we wish for another gangster-satrapy to be added to the Arab roll of shame, busy manufacturing terrorists to come here and slaughter Americans in their offices?
A Palestinian state?
"I think I'd be crazy to want that."