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It was a rally on the third anniversary of the hero's death. |
As emotions ran high, people were killed.
All this is nothing unusual for the long-suffering Palestinian people
Following the example of our own Great Mao
We the Chinese people want you to know that our hearts are ALWAYS with you.
You are poorly fed, poorly clothed, poorly paid, and the dastardly invaders have cheated you yet again by mouthing swap-land-for-peace, albeit with fingers crossed at the back.
They had even cut off life-sustaining resources from you on the pretext that you had returned fire when fired upon.
But don't you worry, and don't you lose hope, ever.
For help is at hand.
From the east, the Sun had risen and is still rising...
From the people of one ancient culture to another,
We can tell you
You will not be cheated out of an equitable settlement in the end.
Personal charisma aside, the reason why Arafat was universally acknowledged as their leader was because he recognized the pivotal role that armed resistance played in the Palestinian struggle against the Occupation.
Absent such recognition and the action that accompanied it, Arafat wouldn't have become the indispensable negotiator in Middle East politics.
You will remember that after Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in 1995, Arafat became the next logical target of the extremists, since the enemies of the Jews and those of the Palestinian people are one and the same.
His ailment three years ago led to his being hospitalized in a French hospital.
Shrouded in perpetual mystery, the hospitalization was an opportunity to kill him that his enemies simply couldn't miss.
So his carelessness meant that he was able to walk into the hospital but wasn't able to walk out.
Arafat should have entrusted his life to the Chinese instead of French doctors. He had forgotten that France was the nation that gave nuclear technology and military equipment to Israel before Charles De Gaulle discontinued the military aid after the Six Days War in June, 1967. Chances are he probably would have been still alive today had he gone to a Chinese hospital in Beijing or Shanghai.
So Arafat died mysteriously and it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how he died.
Then Abbas took over the job from Arafat, but the Mandate of Heaven that was entrusted to Arafat by all Palestinians wasn't transferable to Abbas. There was simply no substitute for Arafat just as there was none for Rabin.
For one thing Abbas had an image problem and he didn't have much room for maneuvers. He hadn't been known for his military abilities, and was seen to be a much more malleable character during negotiations, giving the impression that in his mind armed resistance was a dispensable element of the struggle of his people.
By not being tolerant of the Hamas, he has even fallen into the trap set for him by the real enemies of his people.
As Mao had said, "Without a people's army, the people have nothing,” and so under the good-natured and compliant Abbas, the Palestinian people have nothing, not even a deadline date for a final settlement of statehood.
The fact that he even dared to ask for a deadline date from his "friend" Israeli PM Olmert showed how naive Abbas truly was.
So the pervasive feeling looking from the outside is that Olmert was shaking his hand vigorously so as to vigorously hand him over to the lion's den.
The Israelis lead him on, and he is taking the bait to divide the Palestinian people into two factions.
Thus to the studied eye, Hamas offers far better hope for the Palestinian people in terms of achieving a fair final settlement.
The fact that Gaza Palestinians are still with the Hamas despite their day-to-day difficulties is the best proof that they have hope.
That reminds me of how the Red Army soldiers stayed with Mao even though they were bombed from the air and fired upon on the ground almost every day during the Long March.
Like the Chinese Red Army, the Hamas has a legitimate political aim backed by the rigors of an armed struggle, while Abbas has only a surreal wet dream.
If only because of the fact that every Western nation is kicking and spitting at Hamas, the outside world now see this group of 'militants' increasingly as the true emblems of Palestinian resistance, without which the West Bank and Jerusalem will never be part of the final settlement.
Abbas, in contrast, is SEEN to be hobnobbing with the Israeli leaders while his constituents in the Gaza Strip had their life-sustaining amenities cut off.
He is seen to be smiling and laughing with Condi Rice while the Hamas were appealing for assistance with their hellish grievances.
What this means is that Abbas is not going to succeed in unifying the Palestinian people under the same flag, which, as I had said, is a trap set by his foes.
So no matter what is going to happen in the coming talks, Abbas is not going to succeed in his negotiations with Olmert because half of his own people distrust him.
Be aware of Abbas' role in the evolution of the Palestinian Resistance.
It will be the role of Yeltsin in his dealings with the West -- treading a path of broken promises and defamatory insults lodged against the Russian -- as if he were indeed a constant drunk asking for aid that he had not been promised, when in fact he had been.
Yes, Yeltsin had asked for aid from Clinton because he trusted the latter's promises that NATO would never expand to include the former Soviet satellites..
His naive view that the Israelis are going to hand over the West Bank including the Israeli-settled areas as well as Jerusalem to him without an armed struggle shows that he has not read Mao and is doomed to fail in his pursuit of a just settlement.
The Americans and Israelis are going to dangle some carrots in front of him, but they will NOT give him a just settlement in a durable land-peace swap.
So the coming Middle East conference to be sponsored by a lame-duck American president and an accused Israeli felon will go nowhere.
It will fail because, in the final analysis, Israel has little incentive to show due respect and consideration towards a house divided, and therefore they will continue to use delaying tactics as their ultimate weapon in not giving a deadline date for the establishment of a self-ruled Palestinian state.