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June 05, 2003

Bush's View of Palestinian Opposition to Peaceful Coexistence

The usual perceptive observations by Martin Kimel. Note his link to Gary Trudeau cartoon and take a peek.
You've got to wonder how the president can describe the Palestinians opposed to peace with Israel as "a few people, a few killers, a few terrorists" when the most recent poll shows that 71 percent of Palestinians surveyed expressed "a lot of confidence" or "some confidence" in Osama bin Laden while a miniscule 1 percent of Palestinians expressed the same level of confidence in Bush. The survey also found that 80 percent of Palestinians are dubious that a Palestinian state can coexist with Israel in a way that meets the Palestinians' needs. Grim tidings, indeed. By contrast, two-thirds of Israelis believe peaceful coexistence is possible. Let's see whether Bush continues to whitewash the unpleasant reality.

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NYT Bias Watch (ctd.). For at least the second time -- and the first instance I can recall was in a Page One Times news story by my old Daily Pennsylvanian editor Dick Stevenson -- the paper of record has referred to "Palestine" as if such a state already existed. I recognize that Bush has adopted this locution, but that doesn't mean it's right.
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A Canadian MP has nominated Rachel Corrie's group, the International Solidarity Movement, protector of Palestinian gunmen and weapons smugglers, for "the contribution of the ISM to advancing the cause of peace in the Middle East, to defending human rights, and to upholding international law." As Honest Reporting (the source of the above link) notes, if Yasser Arafat "merited" a Nobel Prize, why not the ISM? To which I add, why not just nominate Hamas and Al Qaeda and be done with it?
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Stop It, Gary, You're Killing Me! It's amazing how Gary Trudeau can find humor in Palestinian suicide bombers. Ha, ha. (No direct hyperlink; to view, go here and then to the June 4 Doonesbury.)