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- 10:19pm Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1011
A Perception shared is a perception halved!
- 11:15pm Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1012
'... it is important for us to be able to see people
fighting against injustices, oppression, for fighting against
foreign occupation of their land.
This should not be
lumbered together with terrorism.'
Ministers conference Malaysia April2002
- 11:35pm Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1013
Its morgue, with 25 bodies, is full, and the Israelis will
not let the bodies be buried.
.. As passions and bloodshed mounted, so did protests against
Israel — and America, seen as its backer — with tens of thousands
massing in Cairo and clashing with the police, and with similar
scenes at Jordan University in Jordan, which is usually tightly
.. He called it "the most short-sighted policy I have ever
- 11:48pm Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1014
.. reoccupation "is not the purpose, not the aim, not the
strategy of the Israeli government''. But what that strategy was
remained unclear to many Israelis.
One Israeli writer, Rogel Alpher in Haaretz, yesterday
scathingly described Mr Sharon's Sunday night address to Israelis
as "troubled and neurotic''.
"independence" is snuffed out in those areas once given to the
Palestinian Authority, to be replaced by the old routine of fear
and Israeli midnight arrests and torture, so Palestinian anger and
frustration continues to build
- 12:22am Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1015
"If you two don't STOP fighting I'll lift you up by the
scruff of the neck and knock your heads together" ... So why didn't Bush lift them by their proverbials and
threaten to knock their heads together - on this board, would that
be 'nuke them both out of existence' ... have gun will shoot ...
America's spending a lot on defense -- isn't it of any use?
attention grabbing old_saying from the politically incorrect days
And the LOSER IS Bush
.. of course!
- 04:30am Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1016
Well, it could spin out of control. In the meantime the
United States and Israel are increasingly isolated
internationally. This could hurt our ability to conduct the war on
terrorism and last but not least-- and this worries me a great
deal -- I think the Palestinians are being turned, largely by Mr.
Sharon, into something like the Algerians: People absolutely
determined to wage urban guerilla warfare brutally, ruthlessly, at
any cost at enormous self-sacrifice.
And the Israelis are becoming increasingly like the white
supremacist South Africans, viewing the Palestinians as a lower
form of life, not hesitating to kill a great many of them and
justifying this on the grounds that they are being the objects of
terrorism, which is true.
But the reactions are all out of proportion, and all of that I
think is a very sad spectacle and ultimately a spectacle of
failure of American strategy.
- 09:17pm Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1017
Arafat and Sharon should resign, says EU official
- EU official calls for new leadership
- Sharon says Arafat should go into exile
- Gun battles rage across West Bank towns
- US diplomatic staff to leave Jerusalem
As gun battles raged across the West Bank towns of Bethlehem
and Ramallah, the EU foreign policy head, Javier Solana, today
called on the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian leader to
step aside and make way for new leadership.
... Speaking to a Spanish radio station today, Mr Solana said
the battle between the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, and the
Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, the increasingly crucial
dynamic in the fighting, appeared to be bitterly personal.
"Sharon and Arafat ... have lived through this conflict for
too long. I do not wish them any harm, but it would not appear bad
to me if they allowed other people to lead this conflict," Mr
Solana said. http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,677697,00.html
- 09:30pm Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1018
'The problem with Arafat is that he has a lot in common with
Sharon: old, ruthless and cynical' http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=279881
- 11:27pm Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1019
Today, America is no mere superpower or hegemon but a
full-blown empire in the Roman and British sense. - http://www.iht.com/articles/53141.html
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