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To: Thomas M. who wrote (2977)8/29/2001 8:14:18 PM
From: Nadine Carroll  Respond to of 23145
 
The article is focused on Arafat because he is calling the shots in the PA. Because he was negotiating with Israel under the Oslo framework about ending the occupation. Israel had just offered 95% of West Bank back, far exceeding previous offers, and Arafat responded, not with a counter-offer, but with a terrorist campaign.

Arafat ordered this war, either directly or with a nudge, nudge, wink, wink, leave the country act to Fatah and the Tanzim. This is not just an Israeli line -- Prof. Sayigh says so too. This is not an "intifada", a spontaneous uprising, but a war of Arafat's choosing, and a highly disfunctional war at that. This puts the onus squarely on Arafat.



To: Thomas M. who wrote (2977)8/29/2001 8:19:21 PM
From: goldsnow  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 23145
 
"As far as I am aware, the overview of the conflict from the PLO's...beginning of its war of national liberation against Israel in 1965 to the present has not been approximated in the literature on the Arab-Israeli conflict. It is important that the character and duration of this long war be understood. Much of the governmental, popular and media reaction to the Israeli action in this conflict has reflected a failure to recognize that the conflict is not a series of violent episodes, to be judged individually, but a continuous war that varies in intensity but never stops."
- from Law And Morality In Israel's War With The PLO, by William V. O'Brien, Professor of Government at Georgetown University

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To: Thomas M. who wrote (2977)8/29/2001 8:27:27 PM
From: goldsnow  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 23145
 
"For the man whose knowledge is not in order, the more he has of it, the greater will be his confusion." - Herbert Spencer (1820-1923)
FOR DECADES, THE UNITED NATIONS, A SUCCESSION OF EUROPEAN BODIES, THE ARAB LEAGUE, NON-ALIGNED MOVEMENT AND ORGANISATION OF AFRICAN UNITY HAVE CHURNED OUT THE TIRED MAXIM THAT THE PALESTINIAN QUESTION IS CENTRAL TO PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. LET'S HELP SLAUGHTER THAT HOLY COW.
ALTHOUGH Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and the subsequent Gulf War went a long way towards destroying the myth of Palestinian centrality to the Mideast conflict, some have sought to blame even THAT intra-Arab conflict on Israel.

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