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Call it the 'Oslo War'

Reader comment on item: Arafat's Failure May Offer Seeds of Hope

Submitted by Elisa Silverman (United States), May 6, 2002 at 17:08

I prefer calling it the 'Oslo War,' rather than the 'Palestinian-Israeli War.' Using this name forces a perpetual recognition of the diplomatic and political failures that brought this war about, hopefully with the result that those mistakes will be less likely to be repeated. It also reinforces, implicitly, the complicity in this war of the other parties who must share a degree of culpability for Palestinian terror through their involvement in and continued committment to the Oslo process. It was the Oslo process that set the conditions, both practically and theoretically, for this war, so it should have to bear the pain of being its namesake.

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