Peace in the Middle East?

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Does Sharon really want it? (Jun 03)

Since my last article (31 May 03), numerous national news agencies have finally stepped up to their responsibility to expose the blatant (and deadly) lies that have been uttered by George W. Bush and his Administration on issues such the justifications for his invasion of Iraq, his tax reform policies, and his handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The editors of The Nation magazine have been doing this for quite a while now, and they are getting really good at it. This is a very good turn of events for our nation.

At this point, I don't really have much to add to what The Nation articles have already said other than to point out that at least recently, it has been Sharon rather than the various Palestinian terrorist organizations that has been the first to break the cease-fire agreements brokered by the Bush Administration and others. And each time he has done so, the cycle of terrorism has resumed at significant costs in terms of Israeli lives as well as Palestinian lives. Evidently, like George W. Bush, Sharon believes that the easiest way to stay in power is to keep his nation in a perpetual state of war, so that he can "ride the wave of patriotism." The fact that virtually all of the Palestinian terrorist organizations have formally agreed to a cease fire (for the first time, I believe), it looks like they've decided to call Sharon's (and Bush's) bluff.

Let's see what happens....

(one grain of salt)

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