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Reader comment on item: Why Oslo's Hopes Turned to Dust

Submitted by G. Wood (United States), Sep 18, 2003 at 23:20

Pardon me if there is something I am missing here, but I always wonder ( I know I shouldn't wonder) why in any discussion of "Israel and her enemies", the central question is always begged, so to speak. I refer, of course, to (oh, horrors) the little matter of the propriety, legality, or legitimacy (take your choice) of this little enclave occupying someone else's land in the district of Palestine. As I recall (hazily) in 1948 this matter was hastily glossed over, and anyone brave (or foolish) enough to raise the question was instantly vilified and accused of anti-semitism. Few were willing to risk it. Now, far from being content with their ill-gotten gains, they keep forcing their borders outward, bulldozing the homes of their unarmed and unfortunate Palestinian neighbors. The mainstream press, of course, refuses to publicize any of this, causing the simple-minded American public to wonder, "why do they hate us so?" And prominent opinion-makers like Rush Limbaugh conveniently expain it away saying that "they hate us for our success." Really! It would be funny if it weren't so tragic.

Just a little food for thought, that I know will get no takers.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Every state in existence today came into being through violence. And so did those that preceded them, and so on back to the mists of time. It's probably a good idea to accept all states - Israel included - and not look too closely into the purity of their origins. Put differently: 1948 happened and it's time to move on.

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