Archive: Jun 2002

There was palpable anxiety nationwide in the hours that preceded US President George W. Bush's speech on the Middle East Monday night. All the talk of establishing a "provisional" state of Palestine, as the Palestinian leadership to the last man is stained by terror and murder, was terrifying and infuriating and demoralizing.  So when Bush declared "the Palestinian state will never be created by terror," most of us heaved a deep sigh of relief. By the time he conclud…
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Peace Trap

21/6/2002
It must be said: There is no peace process. Yasser Arafat, who is the declared commander of Fatah-Tanzim, the proud perpetrator of Wednesday's kamikaze attack on babies and grandmothers in Jerusalem, and the enabler of Hamas, which perpetrated Tuesday's massacre in the capital, is a terrorist and a murderer. The Palestinian Authority is not simply a regime that "cavorts with terror," as US National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice gently put it last week. It is a fascist regim…
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Israel stands at the precipice of a strategic breakdown. But first, the good news.  The Bush administration's determination to topple Saddam Hussein's regime is by definition a good thing for Israel. Saddam Hussein has repeatedly expressed his dedication to the goal of physically destroying the State of Israel. A nuclear-armed Iraq is a threat that Israel cannot tolerate. Clearly, if the US were not itself determined to go to war to prevent Saddam from achieving nuclear capabilities…
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Speaking before the Knesset Law Committee on Tuesday, Attorney-General Elyakim Rubinstein warned lawmakers that the new International Criminal Court, set to start operating on July 1, is liable to indict and try for war crimes any Israeli citizen who moves across the Green Line.  According to the Rome Treaty of 1998 which established the ICC, "The transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies" is con…
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Pakistan and India today stand on the brink of nuclear war. The 1962 Cuban missile crisis - the world's previous nuclear showdown -  was a walk in the park when compared to the danger emanating from the Indian subcontinent, home to some 20 percent of the world's population.  India, with its powerful army, robust democratic society, and enormous population and land mass, is clearly the stronger force. Since 1947, India has proved conclusively to the Pakistanis in three wars that…
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