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no end in sight

This was the first thing I read this morning as I was going through my news rounds: 10 more people dead in Israel. Two minutes later, I read about another attack.

For the second time this week, I wrote a long rant about the situation and then decided not to post it.

I'm at a loss. And I am more at a loss as to why Bush still thinks that they are people who can be reasoned with or talked to.

I'm still at a loss as to why people are so quick to condemn Israel for accidently killing two children in an attack, and then call suicide bombings an act of defense.

I'm at a loss as to why we accept as genuine leaders people who request their followers to kill themselves in the name of religion. Kill others in the name of religion.

Is it the job of the U.S. to step in and do something about it? Perhaps not, but it's too late for that. We have already set ourselves up as the policemen of the world. We have already sent our people over for chit chats with the world's most vile man and we have already put our foot in the door and we cannot take it out.

Unfortunately, I don't think there really is any solution. When you are dealing with a man like Arafat, and people who have no problems strapping dynamite to their bodies and dying along with their victims, there is little room left for diplomacy or mediation.

I used to think that there would be a very bad ending to this situation. Now I think there's just no ending.

I'm still at a loss as to how the world got this way.


If you pick up an ordinary history book (not written by an american, or a palestinian or one from Israel) you would not be so quick to pass judgement against Palestinians. When creating an opinion you should always hear both sides. Not just one of them. That's how war starts...

I'm not passing judgment against all Palestinians. I am, however, passing judgment against Arafat and Hamas and the way in which they are fighting this war.

'I'm still at a loss as to how the world got this way.'

so am I, Michele, it is heat breaking, especially when you realize that less then 75 years ago these people lived together in peace, as neighbours, sharing triumphs, sorrows and life.

There is no such thing as "ordinary" history book. History is always interperted to some degree.

chris is right. there is no such thing as an ordinary history book. it is written to suit whomever is intended to read it. I'm sure american history books are very different than those in other countries.

kat: im sure you are right, but not that American books are more right.

A good way of staying ignorant is to assume that whatever your country is doing is right and anything else is probably not.

Michele, I suppose I've always had some bias, having had family living in Israel. However, with the current round of terrorism, my attempts at staying neutral are starting to fade.

At some point, a very militant government is going to win an election in Israel, and I fear that many of the people deemed dangerous to Israel's security will be expelled.

I'm starting to believe that may be the only way to get people to stop using terror - if terrorists know, before the fact, that their families will be expelled if they perform an act of terrorism.

It's the desert, tribal heritage of BOTH sides that always has to "get even" for the most recent injury. Think Hatfields and McCoys; keep wondering "when will it ever end?"

Unfortunately, as long as Israel keeps occupying Palestine and building settlements on Palestinian land, and as long as Palestine keeps harbouring terrorists and Palestinians keep blowing up people on busses, I find it hard to imagine a peaceful resolution. Peacekeepers would seem like a good start, although they would have to be 'peacemakers' with a robust mandate and agressive rules of engagement. With the present US government, this isn't going to happen.

tomas: i never said american history books were right. you misunderstood what i wrote.

You don't 'accidentally' blow up a house with an figher jet. Check out the book "Righteous Victims: a History of the Zionist-Arab Conflict" and learn something about the history of Israel and Palestine.

The difference between Israel and Palestine? I didn't see the Israeli people dancing in the streets with joy when innocent Palestinians died.

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