I started to read a large employment ad -- on page 17 in a recent (July 28, 2012) Economist -- which had been placed by UNRWA. That organization, as all educated people know, was established in 1949, for "Arab refugees" (even then the word "refugee" was being applied inaccurately), that is those who had left -- beginning in November 1947 -- the area of Mandatory Palestine to get out of the way while the five Arab armies, in mid-May 1948, attacked, with everyone on the Arab side quite complacently expecting that, as Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League (and great-uncle to Ayman Al-Zawahiri) said, the Jews would soon suffer "a war of extermination" for "it will be a momentous massacre to be spoken of like the Mongolian massacre and the Crusades".UNRWA still exists, and has gotten out of U.N. control, or rather, it is protected by the Muslim and Arab bloc from critical scrutiny of its finances, its stafffing, its promotion of Arab propaganda. And those "Arab refugees" after 1967 metamorphosed, for political reasons, into "Palestinian refugees," and wherever this particular subset of Sunni Muslim Arabs live (there are a handful of Christians among them, hanging on by constantly showing -- see, for example, George Habash -- their anti-Israel fervor), among other Sunni Muslim Arabs, that is among people indistinguishable from themselves in any important way, they are on the permanent dole of the Western taxpayers who, through the U.N., fund UNRWA, and have done so for 63 ridiculous years. But we all know why those "Palestinians" are kept in non-camp camps, in Syria, in Jordan, and so on, and why they are not, in most of those places, among Arabs identical to them, they are not permitted to obtain citizenship or, in some cases, to work outside. Lt. Gen. Sir Alexander Galloway famously noted:
The Arab states do not want to solve the refugee problem. They want to keep it as an open sore, as an affront to the United Nations and as a weapon against Israel. Arab leaders don't give a damn whether the refugees live or die.
I notice that the advertisement by UNRWA includes editorializing in its self-descripton: "Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip [how can one be a "refugee" if one is still in Gaza, or still in those parts of the former Mandatory Palestine that the Arabs renamed the "West Bank"?] to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight." [the only "solution" to their Arab-caused "plight" is for these people to be integrated into the surrounding population of other Arabs. In a very different period, the 1950s, when there were still international civil servants who had not been bewitched by decades of Arab and Muslim propaganda against Israel, based most successfully on the invention, after the defeat in the Six-Day War, of a "Palestinian people." , in a different period, Mr. Elfan Rees, Secretary of the United Nations Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, described how the Arab states themselves prevented the integration of those Arabs.
In The Refugee Problem Today and Tomorrow Rees wrote:
"I hold the view that, political issues aside, the Arab refugee problem is byfar the easiest postwar refugee problem to solve by integration. By faith, by language, by race and by social organization, they are indistinguishable from their fellows of the host countries. There is room for them, and land for them, in Syria and in Iraq. There is a developing demand for the kind of manpower that they represent. More unusually still, there is the money to make this integration possible."
But it isn't UNRWA, with its rolls full of local Arabs -- never "refugees" and never, some of them, from "Palestine" -- who saw a good thing, and have been on the international dole ever since -- a list where no one ever dies and lots and lots of people are born, and apparently being an "Arab" or now a "Palestinian" refugee is something that is transferred genetically -- that most infuriates.
No, what most infuriates is the non-English, the gobbledygook, in which the second paragraph, the one spelling out the qualifications and duties of the person whom UNRWA wishes to hire.
Here it is, in its dismal entirety:
Solutions Architect/Integration Manager, P-5
Based at Headquarters Amman, the Solutions Architect/Integration Manager is primarily responsible for the overall business and software architecture of the integrated ERP solution across the entire landscape and functional areas, as well as ensuring the appropriate design and m,plementation of process and techincal integration, in close cooerdinaton with Functional Strems.
This is something, of course. But what is it? It's the Letter that reflects the Spirit of the Age.
How do you like the Letter? How do you like the Spirit?