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Monday, April 25, 2005

Coming Soon: Schiavo, the Musical

Pardon the sardonic humor, there.

I know its been covered before, but I wanted to weigh in on the "blockbuster" of a play in Britain that covers the life of Rachel Corrie, a radical from the International Solidarity Movement. She was killed in 2003 by running in front of an Israeli Army bulldozer that was demolishing an area of the Gaza Strip. The ensuing hoopla would have been worthy of a circus - fingers were pointed, press statements were made, and Rachel was made into a martyr for being an idiot and standing in front of a bulldozer (apparently under the expectation that the driver could develop X-ray vision, see her there, and suddenly stop on a dime). Rachel's work for the ISM, a Pro-Palestinian (and waaaay Anti-Israel) "right of return" group, would have largely ended there ignominiously, were it not for a bunch of vultures.

Now they think they can somehow paper over the fact that she was a terror-enabler who was demonstrating against her country, against Israel, and against sanity by doing a play about it?! This is hardly a "fair telling" of her story to begin with - a reasonably sane person would figure out that she wasn't exactly helping mediate things between the two parties, but instead take a few thwacks at the hornet's nest to stir things up further. I mean, are we going to see positive, "we're going to tell the truth in our own way"-style plays for Hitler and Saddam Hussein next? I hear Pol Pot is really marketable, too! Or that Mugabe guy in Africa - he's a real peach, he is.

People like Corrie are indicative of a bigger problem in society - the ignorance of fact in the pursuit of one's own goals. Israel, for all the ink wasted on calling them the terrorists, is the one that is constantly extending a hand in the interest of peace. Forget about what happened in the war for Israel's sovereignty - they fought in the streets just as hard as the rest, and they came out on top, end of story. The fact that they are the ones willing to come to the table time and again to work something out says volumes about their willingness to peacefully coexist with Palestinians. The same cannot be said about the Palestinians, where the concept of a democratic Israel is completely lost on them. They are the ones that refuse to even consider anything, it is always demands that Israel do anything and everything for them. Release murderers, release terrorists, stop defending yourself against our suicide bomber dipshits - we don't want to do any of the work for our own considerations.

It was proven time and again that Israeli concessions to the Palestinians netted them nothing, so they (finally) started taking more proactive measures by pre-emptively striking against terrorist masterminds and building a wall around Palestinian settlements to reduce the number of suicide bombers that get through and murder innocent people. Israel wants to have peace - I don't think they would want the constant killing of their own people - but they have every right to defend themselves and protect their people if they have to. They were the victors in their war, they get to set themselves up however they want to. That isn't negotiable, just as it wouldn't be negotiable here for us to give up our right to defend ourselves.

Making a play about people like Rachel Corrie, who died with the dubious distinction of "helping the Palestinian cause" (how, again?), doesn't demonstrate a completely functioning mental capacity, it demonstrates a completely missed point that she isn't on the right side of things, nor was she looking at "the big picture" (or, for that matter, the same one). She was a radical loon who showed Palestinian children that it was OK to hate things for no other reason than that they are different, and to fight to have such bigoted ideas be the norm in their life and culture.

Were that play to come here, I can at least rest easy that some people would get wicked pissed off about a pro-terrorist-enabler being the subject of a play, and not lap it up like dogs. What a waste of time that thing has to be.