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Submitted by Harrak (Canada), Jan 16, 2006 at 22:55

The only thing I agree with in this article is the fact that Sharon did a mistake withrawing from Gaza under the heat of Palestinian rock-ets like Ehud Barak did under the Hizbollah rockets. This gives -like Daniel mentioned- a justification that violence works.

I am sceptical about the Term "WAR" used by Daniel to describe the Palesinian-Israeli conflict. That is no war. War is an "open armed conflict between two parties" according to Collins definition. confrontation between two armies is the most understood consept of that definition. All of us know that Palestinians have no army, and not until late 1980s that they started a guerilla like fight against the Israeli army. Before, they were unarmed. If we should use the term war to describe the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, then war is absolutly not yet over in Iraq and Afganistan where fellow Canadian and American citizens die continually and attacks are carried out just in Afghanistan more than in Israel, that is without mentioning Iraq. So either that is no War or War is all over including in Columbia. Here Mr bush agrees with me saying war is all over. Yes war on terror!

What I do not agree with though is to say that things will go back to business and maybe a solution will be found for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. I do not beleive so although I hope that their will be a solution. Because the nature of the conflict is religious, each part of the conflict speaks on the behalf of god like the mayor of new orleans.

Palestinians say that the holy land is their first prayer point and that the tradition -sunna- says that it will be conquered by Islam like once before. Jews say that god gave them the land and they are the chosen people of god etc..Politicians are nothing but the motor that uses all these argument to formulate policies to acheive political gains. In both Palest and israeli sides all the same. I believe that for peace in the middle east to be a possibility, one ideas is inevitable: There must be a one state solution. A referendum that will includes aboriginal (arabs of the 1948) + Gasa and west bank Arabs + aboriginal jews of the before 48 and immigrant citizens+ palestinian christians and druz and all the rest of minorities including the tiny hidden Alawites. The creation of Multipartism system with a strict ban of arms and a ban of religion from state institutions. Secularism and real democracy will make an end to that problem. All other states that use religion to support terror of the palestinians like S.Arabia and Gulf states or in the other side Israeli State terror supported by mainly the US, all those supporters will have no one to support and they will face a democracy question in their countries.

If so is done, I will be among the first applicants to immigrate their and help rebuilding the beautiful Isratine or Palesrael or what ever the name will be.

Thank you very much.

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