Still Pissed Off About the Hawley-Smoot Tariff

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Not quite sure how I feel about this

Israeli settlers protest pulling out of Gaza settlements.

On the one hand, if you don't want your citizens getting blown up, you might want to consider not putting them next door to the people who want to blow them up.

On the other hand, I hate to think of Palestinian militants thinking, "All right! All of our blowing stuff up is finally getting results!"

But the real reason I'm posting this is to wonder out loud whether gimmicky protests really work.  We're talking about a 55 mile human chain, here.  Will Ariel Sharon see this on the news and think (in Hebrew) "you know, they make a really good point"?  Of course not, but obviously the point is not the chain itself.  The chain is designed to attract attention so that you can then get news cameras to tape you saying something  like, "Sharon, this is a dumb idea." 

I suppose that if the gimmick works out well enough, you might get some media attention you wouldn't get otherwise.  But first of all, Ariel Sharon seems determined to convince everyone in the world that he doesn't care what others think.  Second, when Palestinians then launch attacks on that chain, you have to wonder if they aren't asking for it.  "Let's all get together in one big group so that the people bent on our violent deaths will know where to aim!"