Hamas Leaders Shamed: Did anyone notice?

I have not been able to follow developments closely over the last several days, but one thing caught my attention as soon as I heard it. Apparently, the Israeli army rounded up over 60 Hamas officials (including a third of the cabinet) without so much as a shot fired. [!?!?!]

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – Israeli forces arrested nearly one-third of the Hamas-led Palestinian Cabinet and 20 lawmakers early Thursday and pressed their incursion into Gaza, responding to the abduction of one of its soldiers. No injuries were reported.

Army Radio said the arrested Hamas leaders might be used to trade for the captured soldier. Israel had refused earlier to trade prisoners for the soldier’s release.

Palestinian security officials said seven ministers of the 24-member Hamas-led Cabinet and 20 lawmakers were arrested. Earlier reports that Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Shaer was among them were incorrect, they said.

No deaths or injuries were reported in the Israeli actions.

The area’s normally bustling streets were eerily deserted, with people taking refuge inside their homes.

Now let me get this straight. The people who have brought the world a particularly grotesque form of death cult in which they a) say they love death while we pitiful westerners and jews love life; and b) they urge their own (actually other Palestinians’) children to die for the cause. And over 60 of them go quietly when the Israelis come? Not one of them ready to fight to the death?

Why does that remind of me of this:

jericho captives

and this:
saddam in hole

All these brave leaders who (like Edward Saïd) are ready to fight to the last Palestinian, but not a trace of personal courage. As a friend commented to me: didn’t you notice their suits? As soon as they took over the government, they started wearing suits.

Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al (the one in Damascus) addressed the infidel enemylast February:

Today, you are fighting the army of Allah. You are fighting against peoples, for whom death for the sake of Allah, and for the sake of honor and glory, is preferable to life. You are fighting a nation that doest not tire, even after a 1,000 years of fighting. Today, you are facing peoples filled with faith, with the love of Allah, the love of Allah’s Prophet, with bravery, glory, and pride – a nation that knows its way, a nation that knows what it is, a nation that respects itself. How can you possibly defeat us?

This is outright child abuse on a cultural scale (so deftly deployed during the second intifada), by men who taunt their enemy with the confidence that they can sweep their own people into a catastrophic war that they have already declared.

Oh Palesinian people! Oh Arab people! Oh Muslims! can you possibly want these hypocrites and cowards who have no honor to be your leaders and your spokesmen? Do they offer you any more than hate-filled violence that debases your soul and corrupts you even as it holds you captive and abused? Are these the choices of a great-souled people?

Update: Apparently someone did notice. (Hat tip: Judith)

Sandmonkey posted a comment from Al Arabiya:

Can anyone tell me how the palestenians accept to live like this ? what kind of a government that has no dignity, controled by Israel, no army, no police, no life, no future, and they still say it is a country and a government, SHU HAL MASKHARA, CLOSE THIS STUPID GOVERNMENT AND CARRY ON THE WEAPONS AND FIGHT, FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT, FINISH THIS THEATER, LOT OF MONEY, LOT OF DEAD PEOPLE, BIG TRAGEDY, HOW MANY YEARS YOU WILL STILL BE LIKE THIS, LOOK WHAT HAPPENED IN LEBANON, THEY DEFEATED ISRAEL, BUT AT THE END MOST OF THE PALESTINEANS AR E KHAWANA, , KHAWANA, WE ARE SICK OF YOU AND YOUR NEWS, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING, ALWAYS CRYING FOR MORE HELP FROM OTHER ARAB COUNTRIES, LIKE A BABIES, YOU ARE PLAYING WITH THE FUTURE OF A WHOLE GENERATION, ITS BETTER FOR YOU TO DIE THAN LIVING LIKE THIS, WAKE UP WAKE UP.

This post illustrates well one of the points that I’ve been making: from the perspective of a warrior concerned with honor, playing the victim is the most craven of options, and when the Palestinians adopted (or were forced by their Arab brethren to adopt) the role of victim, they went into a form of honor-shame pathology. Here is someone from the honor-shame world, disgusted by Palestinian cowardice, but still waiting for the fulfillment of what the Islamists (Muslim Brotherhood et al.) promised they’d deliver that Arab Nationalism had failed to do: wipe out the Israelis

Couldn’t we rephrase the request: It’s better to live with self-respect and the respect of others than live prisoner of people who harbor such hate, addicted to fantasies of revenge, at your expense. Wake up. Wake up!

11 Responses to Hamas Leaders Shamed: Did anyone notice?

  1. Lawrence Barnes says:

    Assuming that your honor-shame paradigm is accurate, it does indeed appear as if insanity set in. A simpler explanation might suggest that we are seeing behavior that is specific to a political stratum, namely, the class of exploitive leaders whose constant preachments are empty hypocrisy.

    Or…is the social fabric of the Arabs in Gaza so frayed that nothing makes sense any more? Are these people so diminished by constant frustration, the inhumane contradictions of their own value system, the prejudice of the rest of the Islamic world (which looks down on them), the expectation that they must at all costs carry the fight to the hated enemy, and so on, that their culture is disintegrating?

    My speculation: their responses to their problems have been non-adaptive for so long that they may be literally becoming extinct. They seem incapable of coping with peace, war, any form of governance, their neighbors and their enemies.

    AFAIK, the failure of a culture and the catastrophic population decline it precipitates have been observed before only in the case of contact between technologically paleolithic/neolithic ethnic groups and Western society. Some examples would include the New World beginning in 1492, later in Australia, and today in Amazonia.

    I suggest that what is taking place in Gaza may be unique and should be studied carefully. We need to try to understand the mechanics of this internal breakdown.

  2. RL says:

    as for “behavior specific to a political strata” –these elites are responsive to the concerns of at least some (here the testosteronic male youth) part of their cultures. the direction of honor killings make it clear that a) it’s a cultural problem, and b) it’s pathological (killing daughters who are raped).

    i think the worst part is that since oslo they’ve been subject to some of the sickest hate-indoctrination in recorded history. the palestinian leadership rivals the nazis in the virulence and pervasiveness of their propaganda. i don’t know of german religious leaders spouting genocide from the pulpit.

    the reason they’re not becoming extinct is because the israelis and the rest of the world help them surivive, so no matter how dysfunctional their behavior thay have an enemy who won’t wipe them out (but rather keeps guaranteeing food, electricity, hospital supplies, etc), and a “first world” that has made them their darlings… all the while endorsing and encouraging the kind of victim scapegoating narrative that is rendering them so crazy. it’s crazy.

    i agree this is almost unique (and the diff is what the left condemns as apartheid. but what makes this case so unusual is that the palestiinian/arab/muslim response to modernity is so virulent an abreaction. and the parallel is to neolithic, not paleollithic cultures.

  3. Exit Zero says:

    Go Israel!!

    ISRAEL last night threatened to assassinate Palestinian Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh if Hamas militants did not release a captured Israeli soldier unharmed.

    The unprecedented warni…

  4. Lawrence Barnes says:

    Quibble: aren’t the indigenous tribes of the Amazon more technologically primitive than neolithic cultures?

    I wonder sometimes whether the Arabs in Gaza won’t simply stop breeding. Their attempts to be successful refugees have largely failed. They really don’t have much left, do they? Once their family structure collapses, and it just might, pffffft…..

  5. RL says:

    yes, which is why it’s not a good analogy. the palestinians — and more broadly the arabs, are the product of neolithic culture (agriculture and hierarchy, limited literacy). the impact of that on the rather anti-authoritarian tirbal warrior culture has been to encourage that poisonous combo of brown-nose up and shit down the hierarchical scale.

    as for stopping to have children, not likely. the women are far too removed from choice to control reproduction. the men think they’re doing their duty for jihad, and the women better think that way.

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