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Sharon will succeed. Bush will follow.

Reader comment on item: Lost Diplomats Just Step on the Gas

Submitted by Sally Vee (United States), May 7, 2002 at 03:32

Another great column which answers two of my questions posted in the other May 6 column: What should Sharon do next, and what should Bush do next.

But Laina's letter is compelling, and she certainly comes from the same side of the fence as I, and most of us here, do. I think she's having a wobbly moment, like me. (Please, God, may the wisdom of Margaret Thatcher visit Sharon and Bush and all of us who so badly want the same end result.)

I think the moment is approaching when the story will be told--and when it is most difficult to stand firm without giving an inch. My observation of Sharon is that he can bear this tremendous weight, and he will likely hold to an absolute line. He's a farmer, a military man, an old man who wants to retire IN HIS OWN SAFE COUNTRY, and he sees the success and popularity of the tough line he has finally taken--regardless whether world leaders/pundits/intellectuals give him credit or even respect. (The verbal beatings he's received may even help to harden his resolve.)

Sharon is the guy who should step on the gas and ignore all yellow lights flashing "compromise" and "capitulate" in front of him.

Getting the U.S. administration on board will be more difficult and take longer. Maybe the first step in Bush's education is to take notes while Sharon teaches War Won-O-Won. Bush is a fair and honorable man and I think he learns best from experience.

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