by John Hawkins | February 8, 2005 5:17 pm
Thousandth verse, same as the first:
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt – Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas declared Tuesday that their people would stop all military or violent activity, pledging to break the four-year cycle of bloodshed and get peace talks back on track.
With the flags of their countries whipping in the wind, Sharon and Abbas met face-to-face at a Mideast summit Tuesday. In one sign the talks went well, Egypt and Jordan announced immediately afterward that they would return their ambassadors to Israel after a four-year absence — possibly within days.
Aww, how nice. Unsurprisingly, I just heard some dweeb on NPR waxing darkly prophetic on what might happen if the cease-fire was violated “by either side,” as if it was quite likely that the Israelis would just suddenly decide to attack some random Palestinians for no reason. But then, that’s just how these NPR types see it; no moral distance whatever between attacker and attackee—as long as Israel has the common decency to remain in its long-accustomed attackee role, that is. And here’s the most unsurprising thing of all: someone apparently forgot to tell Hamas, also as usual:
But the Palestinian militant group Hamas immediately called the deal into question. The group’s representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, told The Associated Press it would not be bound by the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire declarations.
When were they ever, pray tell? Not that the blockheads at NPR will ever notice that Hamas is to blame for the inevitable collapse of yet another 3R ceasefire (rest, recruit, re-equip), of course. Or the blockheads in Europe, or the blockheads at the UN, or several other blockhead agglomerations you could name. Nope, when Hamas makes another attack later this week or early next and it all comes tumbling down, it’ll be because Israel didn’t let enough Palestinian
terrorists Minutemen out of jail or something. You wait.
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