Tuesday, March 21, 2006

RACHEL WON

Last Saturday, the eighteenth day of March, marked the 3rd anniversary of the death of Rachel Corrie, the former Olympia Washington resident turned peace activist…

Or terrorist sympathizer, take your pick…

Ms. Corrie was crushed by a bulldozer while attempting to prevent the demolition of houses in the town of Rafah in the Gaza strip near the Egyptian border. Rachel was in Rafah as a guest of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement.

Enough – far more than enough, I think – has been written about this incident. Having all the earmarks of the sensational, this otherwise sad episode provoked deeply emotional responses from both banks of the chasm that separates world opinion on the plethora of issues raised by the turbulent history of the modern Jewish State.

To that ongoing world-wide rant I have nothing to add except to say there is such a thing as a situation where so much is wrong that nothing right remains – which is my personal view of the unholy land today. “Right” departed those contested shores long ago, I think…

There is however one footnote to Rachel’s death that seems to have been overlooked:

On the twenty-third of August, 2005, the last Israeli settlers left the disputed territories of Gaza, leaving the land Rachel thought she was fighting for in the hands of the people she was fighting alongside…

Rachel won.

Comments:
If she was my kid I would be left wondering how she got so wrapped up in this leftwing Palestinian activism that she did something that stupid and lost her life. And now the Jews pull out anyway for other reasons.

Think I would be looking up whatever kook prof indoctrinated her young mind.
 
Actually, the faculty at Evergreen state college where she was enrolled who knew about her plan tried to talk her out of it.

So that kind of blows your "kook prof" theory.

Portrayals of Rachel in the media, try to make her into a stupid kid, or someone who was manipulated by a liberal arts education.

She actually had strong convictions for a young woman and a strong sense of self. She had a history of speaking up for the causes she believed in .. on back into elementary school. It might have been the influence of her outspoken and highly educated parents.

Some people never develop the strength of character and conviction that Rachel did in her short life. Hopefully her legacy will inspire other young people to act instead of be spectators in life.
 
She actually had strong convictions for a young woman and a strong sense of self. She had a history of speaking up for the causes she believed in .. on back into elementary school. It might have been the influence of her outspoken and highly educated parents

If she was so brilliant, with a strong sense of self, and with highly educated parents.... then why didn't she get the hell out of the way of the bulldozer bearing down on her at 1.5 MPH, and live to fight another day? She's no martyr - more like Don Quixote with poor depth perception.

And that picture of her screaming and foaming at the mouth while burning a picture of the U.S. flag - did she pick up those 'skills' at Evergreen State, or just more influence of her 'outspoken and highly educated parents'?

Give me a break.
 
Having educated parents does not mean that she didn't have naive intentions and misguided plans. I can't feel sorry for anyone who burns even a replica of an American flag. She obviously was influenced by the wrong people if she thought she could stop the carnage.
 
It won't be much of a victory when the Israelis take the property back.

I should know, I'm gonna be one of them. *grin*
 
The only thing Rachel "won" was a Darwin Award for a stupid and useless death, that had absolutely zero impact on the Israeli withdrawl.

And everything I have read leads me to believe that it was here parents that were the primary influence on turning her into a left wing loon. I am sure the "learning" environment at Watermelon U probably didn't hurt.
 
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