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Re "Israel is Winning"

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Submitted by Arlene Swartzman (United States), Aug 11, 2002 at 19:56

Dear Mr. Pipes:

As we grieve the many losses of innocent civilian lives and the need for military action to ward off the ravages of homicide bombers, I am hopeful that your assessment that Palestinians "will wear themselves out soon, probably by the year's end" is accurate. During this solemn season of reflection, I pray that this might come even sooner, without further loss of life on either side.

In another related matter, China has decided to buy, over the period of the next 25 years and at a cost of $13 billion, natural gas from Australia despite the fact that both Indonesia and Qatar are closer. The reason: "political stability" is what the New York Times reports. Perhaps these "martyrs" are sending messages far beyond Israel and the Jewish community; perhaps these messages are not only counterproductive for the Israelis but for the Arab and Muslim world that fails to speak out against these acts of savagery.

Arlene Swartzman
Chicago IL

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