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Submitted by Kantor (Spain), Apr 8, 2005 at 18:36

I think that both Barak and Sharon are fascinated by the concept of the Wall, and they have tried to solve "once for all" the conflict relying not in dovish diplomacy, but in technology. This false security that civilized people feel behind a wall has been a classical development in all battles between barbarism and civilization, and the result has been a disaster because "defense" never wins a war.(See China,WWII France, and Bizantium)

To build a post-modern society in a sea of sectarian violence with the sole defense of a wall is an slow suicide.It is inevitable, too.

In the short run I agree with Sharon anyway. The clock of demographic threat and subsequent binational claims leading to a South African isolation is running. So Sharon is using his unique position to avoid that development.
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