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Sharon not that stupid or naive.

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Submitted by Anthony Dee (Canada), Aug 16, 2005 at 01:07

You must all consider that the pullout is all ultimately a strategic and i would say a brilliant maneuvre by Sharon. He needs to acheive 2 things in the short run:

1. Save resources, thus pulling those 10,000 or so troops from Gaza for other uses such as making the border safer.
2. Crush or assist in crushing the radicals in the Palestinian camps because the current or any future Palestinian leadership will not be able to, either practically or politically, to accomplish this task on their own. The militants need to be resoundingly defeated in order for their to be any kind of democraic reform in the Palestinian territories and thus to be able to acheive any practical solutions towards peace with Israel.

Sharon fully well knows that leaving Gaza will be seen as a victory for the likes of Hamas, and thus the Palestinian militants will most definitley ramp up the violence for many of the reasons already given in previous posts. The new, and I believe much escalated, violence will be the perfect pretext for an immense assault/invasion of the Palestian territories in order to crush the militants. Those newly available 10,000 or so soldiers will conveniently be available to complete that task. Touche Sharon.

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