Seriously. In the past, whenever the Palestinians did something hideous, violent, or just plain slimy, you could always count on them to come up with some sort of brilliant P.R. to explain it. You know, “We strongly condemn this violence, but you have to realize the oppression and violence on the part of the Israelis that lead to it. No no no…We’re not excusing suicide bombings, we’re explaining them.”
But they seem to have really jumped the shark lately. Israel catches a fake Palestinian funeral. I expected the standard Palestinian line: “We strongly condemn this dishonesty, but you have to realize the oppression and dishonesty on the part of the Israelis that blah blah blah…” With the discovery of documents linking Arafat to terrorism (which the Palestinians of course maintain are forgeries), they even had the perfect excuse.
Instead, we get a few days worth of silence. Then [url="http://palestinechronicle.com/article.php?%20story=20020506025404487"this. According to the article (from a completely unbiased, neutral source, I might add), this was meant to be an independent film of a funeral, not an actual staged funeral. Uh huh. Sure.
I’m reminded of the scene on The Simpsons where Bart catches Skinner and Krabappel kissing. Later, they try to deny what happened by explaining that sometimes a little boy’s imagination runs away from him, etc. Bart stops Skinner and says, “Please. You could have at least said that you were giving her CPR or rehearsing for a play.”
Well, I guess the Palestinians have stooped to the “rehearsing for a play” level of denial. I’ve always enjoyed Palestinian propaganda for its sheer ballsiness and absurdity, but it looks like the writers are running out of ideas. Oh well. It’s been going on for 35 years, and even with new writers, it’s tough to keep coming up with new ideas. I’ll keep following this conflict, just because I’ve been doing it for so long that I can’t quit now, but my heart isn’t really in it anymore.