IOL: As Israel withdraws, Gaza burns:
Thousands of jubilant Palestinians poured in to abandoned Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip on Monday, setting fire to empty synagogues and shooting into the air.
The chaos came as the last Israeli soldier left, completing Israel's exit from the territory after 38 years of occupation.
Palestinian police in the settlements stood by helplessly as gunmen raised the flags of militant groups and crowds smashed what was left in the ruins or walked off with doors, window frames, toilets and scrap metal.
Initial plans by police to bar crowds for the first few hours quickly disintegrated, illustrating the weakness of Palestinian security forces and fuelling concerns about chaos after Israel's exit.
My first thought on reading this was Faramir's quote of the Two Towers movie: "A chance for Faramir, captain of Gondor, to show his quality!"
The withdrawal from Gaza has been a chance for the Palestinian people to show their 'quality.' And they have.
I believe firmly that this is a culteral, not a racial quality. If history teaches us anything, it should show us that all peoples are capable to stunning barbarism. The people in Gaza, now responsible for themselves, are probably in for a very tough time. They will have choices on the path they can take, and I believe that eventually they will come to deserve the responsiblilty that they have been given.
Until that time though, they will suffer needlessly from being consumed by hatred.