Does everyone realize that the Palestinian leadership is merely running a grift? Think about it:
The Palestinian leadership says it wants to “liberate” all of Palestine but they know darned well they’ll never have sufficient military power to carry out this task. So, why keep telling your people that this is what you want to do?
Because you’re a pack of con artists.
And the Palestinian leadership lives pretty well – and its not like their main bank accounts are in Palestine. By keeping up the drumbeat they justify their continued (and legally invalid) control over their own people and keep money rolling in from governments, NGOs and private individuals who buy the grift. That the average Palestinian suffers badly from this, and the Israelis suffer a slow attrition, doesn’t matter: the money keeps coming in…and that is all a grifter ever cares about.
I bring this up because it has become stunningly obvious to me over the past few years that the reason why really stupid things keep going on is because con artists are making money off the stupidity. And the stupidity can go on for quite a long time as long as someone has a vested, financial interest in it going. You ever see that show “American Greed”? It really is one of the few good things on TV these days…but I love it when they try to cast the Narrative that we should feel sorry for the suckers. “I lost my life savings of $750,000.00″…oh, boo hoo hoo! I really feeling nothing but contempt for most of the victims. Yeah, and some con artist came along and said he’d make you 20% per year on that money, which was more than enough, and you, you greedy bastard, went in on it because being a greedy bastard, you wanted more than you needed. Sure, the con artist lied to you…but you deserved to lose that money because you were a greedy bastard. Insensitive? Maybe – but even if it is: seriously, don’t be a sucker. But, man, do we have a lot of suckers these days. And it is the suckers who are ultimately responsible for the grift.
We know the anti-fracking movement is awash in foreign oil money: grift. Global warming provides a high living for a host of people and groups who push the theory: grift. Foreign governments and American companies are making bank off the illegal immigrants: grift. A whole cottage industry now exists of people making a living off pushing the Trump/Russia story: grift. On and on it goes like that – pick your problem, and you’ll eventually come around to the people who are making money off of it and who would lose a stream of income if the problem came to a solution. To be sure, mixed into this are traditional, political ambitions (you know, if the Russia grift works and Trump is forced out: Democrats will take the money as well as the political victory…but, mostly, they’ll take the money). But the reason we find it so hard to just say “we have decided to do X, everyone fall in line” is because once an issue is settled, you can’t make money off it any longer. Or, more specifically, you can’t make un-earned money off it. In other words, you have to put up or shut up…an unresolved issue, though, can be talked about forever and there are always people you can sucker into paying for you to talk.
I don’t quite know what to do about this. I mean, other than a round of hangings. But we do have the problem of people who have a vested interest in everything being a permanent, unresolved mess. How to get around them to a solution (which would turn off their money supply) is a riddle I don’t have an answer to at the moment.