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Reader comment on item: "[Symposium] On the Strip: Where To Go from Gaza?"

Submitted by Vinod Gulati (United States), Jun 29, 2006 at 18:25


Your views on making the Palestinians and all Moslems "feel defeated", not making any deals with them, never compromising, seems unrealistic and not thoroughly thought out. I know you like to often cite the German and Japanese examples after the First and Second World Wars but I wonder if they really apply here. What if the OIC makes some sort of defense pact. What if more Moslem countries like Pakistan and Iran acquire nuclear weapons despite our best efforts and are willing to use them to avenge the perceived injustices done to them.

One of the remedies you suggest is to "remove the PA's illegal offices from Jerusalem"but what success can we hope for peace for our children if the majority of the 6 billion people on earth consider Israeli presence there as "illegal".I mean do you really think maintaining these diametrically opposing views will further peace and all we have to do is "defeat the enemy".Is it really possible that they are totally wrong in every one of their demands and we are totally right in everyone of ours. Would we not make more progress in doing the right thing even if it were at our own expense.

Thank you. Vinod


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Defeat applies in every war that I can think of; your point about the OIC suggests how difficult it will be to get the Palestinians to give up. But if the North Vietnamese could get Americans to give up, why can't Israelis get Palestinians to do so?

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