dear fatah: stop blaming, start leading

Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

what do you do when you cannot lead? you blame. that is what palestinian political party fatah has decided to do in the case of the death of former palestinian leader yasser arafat according to a jerusalem post report entitled, fatah adopts resolution blaming israel for arafat’s death, by khaled abu toameh. according to the article:

The sixth General Assembly of Fatah unanimously adopted a resolution calling for the establishment of a committee which would investigate the death of former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat while abiding by the following guidelines: that Israel bears full responsibility for his death, that the issue continues to remain open, and that the investigation enlists international support.

this is nothing more than a political tactic to pander to the conservative palestinian base before the coming january 2010 presidential and parliamentary elections. it just pains me to see a people that could be so close to normalization of relations with israel and the rest of the world play this silly game. the palestinian people are good people, and are deserving of a leadership that actually leads and does not simply play the victim and blame israel for everything under the sun – real and imagined.

nevermind that arafat was old. never mind that he lived a hard life. never mind that he showed the visible effects of parkinson’s disease. never mind that he was 75. he died, so it must be israel’s fault. and it must be a conspiracy.

this kind of conspiracy blame game betrays the lack of leadership in the palestinian state. remember, fatah is the sane party; the other major party is hamas, the militants who run the gaza strip. how are they doing?

rather than pass resolutions blaming israel for arafat’s death, why doesn’t fatah continue to root out corruption and attempt to recoup reportedly embezzled money as they did shortly after arafat’s death? why not work to build business partnerships with international companies and bring jobs to the west bank? this is the best way to put pressure on israel to finally sign a lasting and viable peace. why not spend the time debating how to get children back into schools instead of fueling their minds with hateful conspiracies that ultimately lead them to throw rocks?

the palestinian people deserve better than a leadership that blames others. it’s time to stop playing the victim. palestine needs a leader who will stand up, put the past behind them, and lead. so who’s it going to be?

One Response

  1. Dear Dr. Cargill,

    You are totally right. Unfortunately, blame is not the problem of Palestinian leadership only, I’m afraid it’s a habit of many Arabs for the last decades (and shying to say centuries!!!)

    When the Palestinians formed their government back in 1994 (and I was quite young that I cannot remember the surrounding circumstances) the whole world supported them, international companies, banks, foundations, etc… and what happened next? Of course, corruption started and instead of building their territory, they looked after their personal benefits.

    Instead of forming a strong country and becoming powerful in business relations and improve their people’s lives, they turned into their own interests and that indirectly led to what we’re seeing now of fights between each other.

    Instead of doing like Germany and Japan after WWII, starting from zero, instead of copying how Israel state started and how it became, they overlooked that and forget their own people.

    The problem is, it’s not only there, it’s spread in the neighboring countries. Instead of building internal strength, improving infrastructures, educating people, they instead blame Israel and others for what happened decades ago. Before, they were blaming ottmani empire for centuries of dark ages.

    So, you got your freedom in 20th century, why didn’t you become like other nations??? instead we turned into each other (in each country) and started fighting who would be the leader.

    You are right bob (sorry for saying it without Dr.)

    Solution: easy, future starts within us, each of us should start looking into the future and work for it by doing something useful for society and humanity.

    All the best.

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