Word!

Friday, February 11th, 2011 @ 7:49 pm | Foreign Policy

Worth repeating:

“People power” protests of the kind we have seen in recent weeks in Cairo and Alexandria have toppled far more rulers in recent decades than all the world’s terrorists and guerrillas combined. … In Egypt, Mubarak survived the massacres of tourists in the 1990s carried out by Islamist groups. He did not survive peaceful rallies in the heart of his own capital.

There is a lesson here for those not too fanatical or deluded to learn it. Put down the bomb, the sniper rifle, whatever weapon you have, and grab a placard, go on Twitter, organize a rally. True, many peaceful protests have been repressed too, as we have seen most recently in Iran; but they offer a much surer road to regime change than does blowing up innocent people.

The more terrible the regime, the riskier, but why Palestinians haven’t always known Israel is too liberal to resist peaceful resistance is beyond me. Then again, the internet is doing the most to change the world, and it’s hopefully only getting started.

-hw

6 Responses to “Word!”

  1. Dana Says:

    Mr Whistler wrote:

    The more terrible the regime, the riskier, but why Palestinians haven’t always known Israel is too liberal to resist peaceful resistance is beyond me.

    Because the Palestinians have been too thoroughly invested in violent resistance; the concept of peaceful resistance is simply not within their political paradigm.

    Of course, the Palestinians also seem at least as interested in fighting among themselves as they are in fighting Israel.

  2. AJKamper Says:

    Of course, there are peaceful protests every day in Palestine. But don’t let that stop you, Dana.

    (I loved the one where they dressed up as Navi to symbolize their plight.)

    At any rate, if this continues, I’ll share with you my 20-page paper on nonviolent resistance in Palestine, and no one wants that. So be careful.

  3. Henry Whistler Says:

    I’d welcome a PDF link.

  4. AJKamper Says:

    I can do you a Google doc.
    https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AdWF3rus1_kDZGR2ZG1tZ3ZfMTg3bnRicmNo&hl=en&authkey=CK_MqaEE

    Note: It’s not about what Palestine’s actual NVR (which isn’t that large a portion of the population), but on what may be necessary for NVR to succeed in that environment.

    Any criticism of it is of course welcomed.

  5. Henry Whistler Says:

    Sucks!

    Just kidding;)

  6. mike g Says:

    Dana’s attitude is no surprise. The “liberal” media reports one version of events: Palestinians attack, Israel defends. The mucky parts in between about having their houses bulldozed and booted off of their land is scrupulously ignored.