July 22, 2005
More Truth Telling by Livingstone
London mayor Ken Livingstone is taking flack for saying that Palestinian terrorism, based on a response against Israeli terror against Palestinian civilians, is different from Al Qaeda terrorism. But as he argues:
The Likud and Hamas members are two sides of the same coin. They need each other in order to attract support," he said.
Each side emphasizes the extremism of the other in order to attract sympathy,"...
Livingstone said Israel has indiscriminately killed men, women, and children in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for dozens of years.
Condemning Palestinian terrorism is often used as cover to excuse Israeli state terrorism. Neither should be used as an excuse for the other, although it's not unreasonable to psychologically explain both versions of extremism as being driven by the extremism of the other.
Posted by Nathan at July 22, 2005 12:47 PM