Mahmoud Abbas wins the Palestinian election and says he wants peace with Israel, who are now under a new coalition government. But the right-wingers are still screaming that the Palestinians must "crack down on terror" before they can get their own state. Notice the way that's framed and the wording of it. What these dopes are saying is that because the Palestinians were thrown out of their homes by the Israelis--who now occupy what was previously Palestinian territory and continue to encroach ("settle") on it--and are therefore basically refugees with little to no resources (certainly not enough to take on the Israelis--read that word as "United States"--in a fair fight), they have to stop attacking their occupiers before the U.S. will sit down to really negotiate.
Did Dore Gold say that Israel needs to keep up its portion of the "road map" and stop settlements? Here's how he was quoted in The Globe and Mail:
"Israel will measure any new Palestinian leadership according to its actions, most importantly the requirement to combat terrorism and dismantle its infrastructure," said Dore Gold, an adviser to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "We have to give them a chance and see."
No, I guess he didn't. So these nutjobs would have the world, and more importantly, the American public believe that peace in Palestine rests on the shoulders of the poverty-stricken, war-torn Palestinians.
America's Death Squads
Oh well. Typical great column from Antiwar.com's Justin Raimondo here. All about the savage murder of an Iraqi civilian by U.S. troops and the slap on the wrist (straight outta "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll") for those involved.
End this war. Let's do it.