In Annapolis, Condoleezza Rice compared the Palestinian plight to that of blacks in the segregated south during the tumultuous 60's:
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told a closed meeting of Arab and Israeli envoys in Annapolis this week that her childhood in the segregated U.S. south helped her to understand the plight of Palestinians and the fear felt by Israelis, the Dutch representative to the summit, Franz Timmermans, told the Washington Post on Thursday.
"I know what its like to hear that you can't use a certain road, or pass through a checkpoint because you are a Palestinian. I know what it is like to feel discriminated against and powerless," Rice was reported as saying.
So, the Palestinians are just innocent victims being discriminated against? Does this mean Rice believes Israelis should be compared to the white racists who perpetrated acts of violence against innocents? We mustn't have blind pandering without the compulsory, condescending, politically correct counter-balance:
Rice described her childhood in Birmingham, Alabama during the era of segregation and the killing of four young girls in the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. Rice said the bombing, which killed one of her classmates, helps her understand the fear of terrorism felt by Israelis.
"Like Israelis, I understand what it's like to go to sleep not knowing if you will be hurt in an explosion, the feeling of terror walking around your own neighborhood, or walking to your house of prayer," Rice was quoted in the Washington Post as saying.
You can't have it both ways, Ms. Rice. If both sides are victims, there is no aggressor.
I'm no authority on the civil rights movement, but I don't recall systematic violence being perpetrated by blacks against white southerners. I simply don't remember black militants committing atrocious acts of barbarity, with the support of surrounding black communities, against innocent civilians. I cannot recall any instance of black mobs lynching innocent whites, and then celebrating by feasting on the victim's internal organs (WARNING: Link Contains Graphic Imagery).
The fear of torture, mutilation or death cannot be compared to the inconvenience of entering a checkpoint. And yet, it seems the Bush Administration has ignorantly empowered one of the basic tenets of Islamic supremacy from the Qur'an itself. Persecution is worse than slaughter (Surah 2:191).