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Might this be what Sharon is looking for?

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Submitted by David Aronin (United States), Aug 11, 2005 at 17:50

Dr. Pipes,

I've long thought that the only way to succeed in making a withdrawal from Gaza without provoking the kind of Palestinian response - heedless gloating - you've predicted, is to first undertake a house-by-house crackdown in the entire area - killing and "detaining" all who resist, detaining all found implicated in aiding violent resistance, confiscating all weapons, and destroying them along with all tunnels and defensive structures (to be proceeded and accompanied by a virtual media black-out of the area).

Is it possible that Sharon actually believes as you do - but also - that if he undertakes the withdrawal in good faith, and the Palestinians respond as predicted - that the current American administration will then see its way clear to acknowledge openly that there is no alternative to a massive and thorough crackdown of the type mentioned above?

Thank you for your continued good work!

David Aronin

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