War of words
While agreeing with just about everything Ray Fleming has written concerning the conflict in the Middle East, I think of myself as being on the side of peace and common sense, rather than as a supporter of Arafat and the Palestinian cause. When I or one of your other readers is blown out of the sky while on a long distance plane trip, our children can blame Mr Lee and all the other supporters of Israel who are urging Sharon to indulge in ever greater acts of savagery against a desperate people. Perhaps Mrs Blair will eventually be able to convince her husband and his friends in Washington and TelAviv that the inevitable result of their current policies will bring the violence closer and closer to those of us who, until now, have only read about it in our newspapers or seen its results on our TV screens.
The on-going battle between Mr Lee and Ray Fleming will hopefully now cease, it being a clear case where they should agree to differ. Mrs Blair's remarks, echoed by Ted Turner (owner of CNN) in a different vein, shows the diverse views on this tragic, continuous conflict. Some weeks past, a CNN reporter in Jerusalem was commenting on the latest events, and pointed out that the hotel he was staying in, the King David had an in-house video outlining its history, and in it proudly pointed out that at the time of Israel's bid for independence, the Israelis blew up the hotel, killing some 93 people, including British, Palestinians, Americans, and even Jews. That Begin was the most wanted terrorist at that time, and later became Prime Minister of Israel, makes one wonder if history is not just repeating itself, i.e. terrorist becomes freedom fighter evolves to statehood/Prime Minister or President. Acts of terrorism such as leaving explosive laden cars to explode when the individual is at a safe distance is all too common, as seen in Spain this week, IRA etc, but to actually blow oneself up is an entirely different story incomprehensible to most of us, but only underlining the sheer desperation of a people feeling totally oppressed, that this last resort is left to people who would rather die on their feet than live on their knees... as said during the Spanish Civil War. Israel, rightly or wrongly, will always be perceived as the bully in this conflict, with the tanks, gun ships, troops and armour against stone throwing youths and now a pitiful group of street fighters, and they have it in their power to make concessions, be less inflexible, to arrive at a peace. The alternative is more suicide bombings, and heaven forbid this escalates to a dirty bomb being used against Israelis. A peace will have to be arrived at, and better sooner than later.
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