Thursday, February 17, 2005

Israel Bans House Demolitions!

Again, I'm happily surprised. Of course, they may have no more houses to demolish, but still: precedent has been set. Limits have been set.

When's that gonna happen here? Or in Iraq? Or in Gitmo?

Ach.

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Demotiki said...

Doug,

I sense that Sharon and Bush have a plan to rescue both of their historical legacies by making peace in the I/P conflict. I suspect that is why they had Arafat killed.

Andrew

Friday, February 18, 2005 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Unfortunately, I don't think either Bush or Sharon care about that kind of legacy. I also don't think they had Arafat killed -- the guy was in his seventies -- but even if he was killed, the point is that Sharon (and Netanyahu and Rabin before him) have been playing a demographic game to "change the facts on the ground" and bludgeon the Palestinians into the dirt before going to the table. Sharon started the intifada, remember, on purpose, by going to the Temple Mount with 1000 IDF troops. I mean, can you say, "provocation"? In any event, I do think that events and world opinion sometimes count for something, as do domestic politics, so if these two scumbags can somehow be party to some kind of peace the Palestinians can live with, I'm all for it. Doesn't change much my opinion of either, and the Palestinians aren't stupid; they won't take some bullshit, no-water-rights, no contiguous nation-state "solution." But we shall see. Even from evil fucks like Busharon, peace may come. I'll take it.

Saturday, February 19, 2005 2:43:00 AM  
Blogger Demotiki said...

Doug,

I feel the same way about the war in Iraq. I hope things turn out right, even though that would make Bush look good. If they get peace in the middle east, we all benefit.

Andrew

Sunday, February 20, 2005 6:23:00 PM  

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