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May 19, 2003

Andrew Sullivan on the most recent suicide bombings

The Palestinians respond

The disgusting murders in Israel in response to the slim chance of serious negotiation over the roadmap has drawn the predictable and defensible response from the Sharon government. Abbas has only minimal control over the terrorists who undermine him; Arafat is clearly in no mood to restrain the carnage; and the roadmap is dead without serious engagement from the Palestinians. It's yet another suicide mission from the Palestinian Arabs. With the removal of Saddam and the emergence of Abbas, there was a new chance for some sort of progress. Once again, it has been thrown away. Sharon is hardly a risk-taker for peace; but who, under these circumstances, could be?