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Submitted by nick wright (Canada), Aug 15, 2005 at 02:11

I believe some compromise is in order, but it is indeed, as letter writers point out, disturbing that Egypt is angling to remilitarize the Sinai desert, which would be a catastrophe, and totally undo any good that the Camp David Accord of 1979 achieved. If 80 percent of Palestinians as Mr Pipes points out, still want to liquidate the state of Israel, this is certainly not encouraging, and a radical rethink of the racialism of such an assertion is long overdue.

I strongly back the Palestinians, and I would like to see a lot more done for them and their refugees on the West Bank. As always, the twin goals of justice for the Palestinians and a strong Israel for Jewish peoples to combat anti semitism that exists world wide, are the desired goals. Religious tolerance is needed, but a sober appraisal by the Palestinian leadership also is needed, that Jerusalem is extremely significant for people of the Jewish faith, and the U.S. will not stand by idly and watch the Jewish people get pushed out, or their state anihilated. Violence leads to violence, and as much as I question the U.S. presence in Iraq, an anti western Jihad is just thuggery, and leads to further darkness.

As always, the principles of democracy and free speech and tolerance are what all civilizations depend upon, although the articulation and formulation of said concepts varies widely from culture to culture. The balancing act for all concerned people is to see justice for the Palestinians, yet not fall into the abyss of a Chamberlain Peace in Our Time deception. The very fate of our world depends upon this.

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