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Saturday, December 03, 2005

Substance Over Show

In an essay entitled "Progress in the Mideast", Charles Krauthammer discusses the enhanced security in Israel and the "Palestinian maturation" created by the fence between Israel and Palestine and the steadfast policy of Ariel Sharon. This is being done, not through Rose Garden photo-ops with promises and kisses, but through rational policy directed by Sharon and endorsed by President George Bush.

Krauthammer believes the disangagement by Israel, targeted assassinations of terrorists and avoiding any pretense to a peace partnership has forced the Palestinians into a sink or swim adulthood. Now, Palestinians will suffer from the effects of terrorism within their own sovereignty.

The decisions of Sharon were painful to the many Jews moved from the now Palestinian territories. However, their displacement was a cost in exchange for greater Israeli security and Palestinian responsibility.

Concludes Krauthammer:

Sharon represents the majority of Israelis bent on achieving that equilibrium. It will not only bring stability and relative peace, but it also offers the contours of an ultimate settlement. That's why even old regional antagonists see the promise of this moment -- all achieved, mind you, without a single Rose Garden ceremony.

It is substance over show.

Thanks to Allen Gorin for providing this link.

1 Comments:

At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for pointing out this article. Sharon is a credit to humankind.

 

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