February 28, 2005

LEE HARRIS says that it’s the Palestinians’ moment of truth, and notes the way terror has been institutionalized. As I’ve said before, the Palestinians will stop committing terror when the pain of terrorism exceeds the rewards. Are they there yet? I’m not so sure, though with democracy appearing the rewards of non-terrorism are higher, which may accomplish some of the same things. At any rate, Mark Steyn observes signs of progress:

And, for perhaps the most remarkable development, consider this report from Mohammed Ballas of Associated Press: “Palestinians expressed anger on Saturday at an overnight suicide bombing in Tel Aviv that killed four Israelis and threatened a fragile truce, a departure from former times when they welcomed attacks on their Israeli foes.”

No disrespect to Associated Press, but I was disinclined to take their word for it. However, Charles Johnson, whose Little Green Footballs website has done an invaluable job these past three years presenting the ugly truth about Palestinian death-cultism, reported that he went hunting around the internet for the usual photographs of deliriously happy Gazans dancing in the street and handing out sweets to celebrate the latest addition to the pile of Jew corpses – and, to his surprise, couldn’t find any.

Maybe they’ve learned something.