Tuesday, December 13, 2005

An idea for the Arabs

An idea came to be while composing a post on another blog concerning the stipends paid by the Palestinian Authority to the families of suicide bombers that take part in operations against Israel and after a little refinement, I post it here and hereby give the idea to the world as a suggestion to improve the situation in the Middle East.

Imagine a Palestinian family with five children. Say two are boys and three are girls. The father and older brother are unemployed. The family is in poverty. The youngest boy has no hope for his future. He looks at his father and older brother and in his minds eye sees what he will become. He loves his family and dreams of somehow improving their situation but it seems he has no doors open to him. Then one day when he is particularly depressed about their condition, he make a decision. He will go to one of the radical groups and volunteer to be a suicide bomber so that their family will receive a monthly stipend and improve their condition. The stipend is more than he could hope to bring in from legitimate activity. So he finds a group engaged in this activity. He follows their instructions, poses for pictures, says the things he is taught to say on a video and goes about his grim task.

It doesn't have to be that way. I believe I have a better idea. An idea that could produce hope, improve the lot of the Palestinians and allow others to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

First of all, within the Islamic world in general and in the Arab world in particular there are a good number of quality universities. What if these countries (and maybe other countries around the world that desired to participate too) got together and created a program. This program would provide a stipend to families that have NEVER had a suicide bomber in their family and provide a college education at no cost to one child in that family. Should a family member participate in a terrorist operation while enrolled in the program, their participation stops.

In other words, hope is provided. The family's situation is improved and hope for the future of a child is brightened. The family has incentive to take a constructive road rather than a destructive one. It also allows countries in the region to participate in building a better Palestinian nation. They also become a part of a constructive solution. It allows the ember of hope to grow in the hearts of both the recipient and the giver.

It would not prevent people from participating in such operations if that is where their heart truly takes them, but it eliminates the ones undertaking such operations for economic reasons out of love for their family that is exploited by those who would never engage in such operations themselves. If one did, however, engage in such operations while their family was enrolled in the program, the stipend from the program would be ended and the promise of education would be withdrawn. More people would have a stake in a constructive and peaceful future than in a destructive path.


Blogger CJB said...

You scheme rests on the false notion that terrorism is the result of poverty & hopelessness. In fact, it's the other way around. The poverty & hopelessness is the result of Palestinian terrorism. Consider the facts: the Palestinians are the most heavily subsidized people in the world. They have received billions of dollars in aid from Europe, America & the Arab world. Most of it has been embezalled away by the thugs in the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinian territories are now more poor, with higher unemployment and lower standards of living than they were 10 or 15 years ago. This is the direct result of the terrorist programme of the Palestinian rulers. Throwing more money in the form of scholarships sounds nice, but it avoids dealing with the real problem, therefore the new money would be stolen, too.

2:05 PM PST  
Anonymous mommydoc said...

Not to mention the fact that the 19 September 11th hijackers were all from comfortable backgrounds. Ditto the London bombers.

And the hope for university education for the "Palestinians" came from the Israeli government, which set up the bulk of the Arab universities in the region. For which they have gotten a big fat splodeydope thank you. See for reference An Najaf University's Sbarro exhibition, for example. Sorry, but you are very ignorant.

2:24 PM PST  
Blogger crosspatch said...


Well, consider the funds we provide to the PA now. Those funds allow the PA to pay those stipends so you might say we are subsidizing the bombers anyway. So one choice would be to cut off our assistance. I am not sure that would result in a reduction of the bombings.

I do see how providing a college eduction and economic assistance to families that have NOT participated in bombings harms anything. It would do no harm and would possibly help the situation by giving a direct economic incentive NOT to get involved with those kinds of operations regardless.

And I believe some failed bombers have told the Israelis under interrogation that they in fact were economically motivated.


I am sorry, I didn't suggest any link to 9/11. I was speaking about Palestinians involved in suicide bombings in Israel whose families then get a monthly payment. I don't understand how 9/11 relates to what I was talking about.

5:53 PM PST  

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