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The optimist versus the pessimist

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Submitted by sheerahkahn (United States), Jan 7, 2003 at 13:50

I wonder if the people of Palestine have reached the same cross-road of wisdom that the Serb's reached when the Will to Fight was beaten out of them by NATO and the US?
...the Terrorist organizations have become monolithic entities in the Palestinian territories who have a vested interest in keeping the war with Israel going. This vested interest comes from the financial backing from the Mullahs in Iran, their wealthy Patrons out of Saudi Arabia, and of course material support from Syria.
The optimist in me says, "Yes, the average Palestinian wants peace! He wants to go to his 9-5 and work a week without having to be shaken-down at the border by IDF soldiers looking for weapons or explosives." However, the pessimist in me, and often of late, the realist says, "No matter what Arafat wishes, no matter what the Palestinian Authority does, the real power of peace resides with the Terrorist Organizations, and they have summarily rejected any and all peace agreements with Israel."
I'm afraid that evidence of this past week supports my pessimism.
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