GAZA CITY - Dr. Jumaa al-Saqqa was in a meeting discussing the problems facing Shifa Hospital when a nurse burst in. Cancer patients were being sent home because there was no more medicine for chemotherapy. “Surely this will shorten their lives,” al-Saqqa said in a quiet voice. “If you need six doses of radiotherapy and you only get one, the tumors will be more aggressive and metastasize all over the place. This is a disaster. We are completely unstable - we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.”
It’s a basic physical law, thanks to Isaac Newton: every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. In the case of Palestine, we may talking about politics instead of physics, but the end result is the same. By electing Hamas to power, Palestinians have guaranteed themselves a spot on the far margins of the international community. Now that reality is coming home to roost.
Ah, the beauty of democracy, eh? The people speak and elect a government that best represents their dreams and aspirations. Judging by the most recent Palestinian elections, most Palestinians fully support terrorism and the murder of innocent civilians. So no Palestinian can claim to be surprised when the US government, the biggest provider of aid to Palestine, pulls out because it refuses to work with a government whose party has employed and defines terrorism as a legitimate target, and who is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. Good and decent people do not elect terrorists to represent them. Those who do cannot claim to be surprised when the government who has provided so much assistance washes its hands of you.
I’m not happy to be seeing the people of Palestine suffering because of the withdrawal of American aid, but if they want to know who is responsible for this situation, they need only to look in a mirror. They voted Hamas into power, and now they’re paying the consequences. Though the now-Hamas-controlled Palestinian was elected by a no doubt angry and thoroughly propagandized electorate, it was a free election, and those who voted for Hamas must now take responsibility for the consequences.
Welcome to democracy, y’all. While you might be wanting to blame the US for their current light, no progress will be made in Palestine until you recognize that you are the author of your own story. I’m sorry that people are having to suffer the consequences of voting for Hamas, but this situation was not created by the US government, nor are Americans going to be responsible for solving it. Let’s hope y’all learn a lesson here.