Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Guns Before Sewers

Call me heartless if you wish, but I'm having a little difficulty mustering much sympathy for that Palestinian town that was drowned in its own sewage. It seems that the whole thing was a self-inflicted wound created by an all-too-familiar cultural defect endemic to the victims.

Earlier this week came the horrifying story of a Palestinian sewage lagoon that collapsed, drowning a town in its own excrement. At least 6 people died including 2 infants.

How this came to pass is getting less attention, even though the cause is much clearer than the levee collapses in New Orleans.

The residents of the inundated town had been undermining the lagoons walls by stealing the sand. And, the Israelis, who had been supplying materials to modernize the facility stopped because the Palestinian Authority had been stealing those materials and diverting them for manufacturing rockets and bombs.


Paul E. Zimmerman, M.A. said...

I nominate this as a test case for a new variation on an old saying:

"You made your bed, and now you must swim in it."

April E. Coggins said...

Kinda like Moscow.