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- 02:46pm Apr 7, 2002 EST (#1168
.... attack-suicides against the civil ones in Israel, which
shocks the international public opinion and maintains under the
influence of Mr. Sharon part of the Israeli citizens.
Those of the Palestinian leaders who still misent on terrorism
continue to be unaware of the democratic character of an Israeli
company which chooses freely its controlling. The more it will be
terrorized, the more it will tend to choose them among the
intransigents. It is time that opens out, within the Palestinian
company, a powerful non-violent movement which will be able to make
the junction with the Israeli pacifist movement. It is the direction
of the step of Mr. Yasser Abed Rabbo with Mr. Yossi Beilin. All the
surveys show it: there is, in the two people, a majority which
wishes to advance towards peace and the reconciliation.
Lastly, the third dynamics which becomes exhausted is that of the
partiality of the United States in favour of Israel. The
vice-president Richard Cheney could measure, at the time of his
recent round in the Arab countries, how much the attitude Washington
was the subject of criticisms radical, at the point of remobiliser
the "Arab street". And the setting-up prevented of the essential
alliance which should precede the great attack against Iraq...
This is why the United States accomodated not only with interest
the saoudienne proposal, but started again it while making vote, by
the Security Council of the United Nations, the resolution 1397
which defends "the vision of an area in which two States, Israel and
Palestine, live coast at coast, inside recognized and sure borders"
The conditions once again seem joined together to advance towards
the end of the conflict. The suspended breath, the people of the
area hope for the miracle. But the saboteurs of peace watch for in
(1) Egypt and Jordan are the only Arab States having signed a
peace treaty with Israel.
(2) To read the diplomatic World , September 2001.
(3) Since the Sharon General was elected Prime Minister, and
whereas the israélo-Palestinian confrontations did not cease, the
Jewish colonization of Gaza and the West Bank continued.
Contravening the recommendations of the Mitchell report which
requires a gel of the establishments of colonists, 34 new colonies
were created since February 2001. ( cf . International Herald
Platform , March 20, 2002.)
(4) At the time of the election of Mr. Sharon, in February 2001,
Intifada had made 50 died among the Israelis: this figure exceeds
350 at at the end of March 2002.
(5) Ha' aretz , Such Aviv, March 13, 2002.
(6) International Herald Platform , March 12, 2002.
(7) Maariv , Such Aviv, March 15, 2002.
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- 03:04pm Apr 7, 2002 EST (#1169
Ex-war prisoners sue Iraq, Saddam
WASHINGTON, April 6. — A group of 17 American nationals held
captive in Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War have filed suit against
Baghdad, its secret service and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for
The former prisoners of war filed their suit in the United
States District Court in Washington, seeking compensatory and
punitive damages for "barbarous" treatment, the law firm Steptoe
and Johnson said in a statement yesterday.
They are seeking US$25 million (RM95 million) each in
compensation, along with more than US$300 million in punitive
- 03:30pm Apr 7, 2002 EST (#1170
Holistic Accounting and WAR
The full cost of 'war' makes it too expensive an activity to be
allowed to continue!
- 06:51pm Apr 7, 2002 EST (#1171
I appreciated the comments from manjumicha2001 and
almarst related to some technical proposals and background of
mine, and am trying to respond well -- in ways that lead to things
that actually work. Subjectivity doesn't count for much, but
I'm running scared, and feel the way I've often felt, in the past,
when I was involved with something that turned out to be working
As lchic says, the arguments for getting war under control
are enormously powerful. The need to do so is very great. It seems
to me that there is some reason to feel that progress is being made
-- enough that much more progress could be made. Consider this
heading to a NYT picture and story:
"During a day of fierce battles across the West
Bank in which 14 Palestinians were killed, a Palestinian woman and
two young boys look outside their home in Bethlehem http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-Israel-Palestinians.html
By 20th century standards, especially where a military force is
tactically but little restrained, that's a very low death count for
a day of "fierce battles." There are significant forces,
historically new, that are restraining war. For all the risk,
terror, and agony -- I think that's something we need to recognize,
and build on. Maybe we can switch things to a situation where the
probability and severity of warfare shifts lower -- after so
much time when it has gone higher. It seems to me that there's
reason to hope for that, and work for that.
In Lifelines to the Future http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/07/opinion/07FRIE.html
" This is the most polarizing moment I've ever
experienced. The volcanic rage on both sides — intensified by the
live TV coverage from the West Bank and the ability of the
Internet to transmit people's immediate reactions — is terrifying,
and it is spilling, like lava, out of the Middle East into Europe
The emotions are strong, and appropriate. And because of
this, the body counts, compared to what anyone would have expected
in like circumstances one or two decades ago, are low . It
seems to me that progress is being made, that patterns are
switching. Modes are changing.
If we get just a little saner, and just a little better
organized, things may be much better.
This is a time for care, and all the practical good sense we can
muster. If we mustered just a little, after watching human passion
in action at such close range, we'd take nuclear weapons down, and
work to outlaw them effectively.
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