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The Unobviousness and Uncommoness of Obvious Common Sense

Reader comment on item: Does Israel Need a [Peace] Plan?

Submitted by S. Matthew Prastein (United States), Feb 2, 2003 at 11:21

How refreshing to see the plain truth plainly stated. Franklin Roosevelt's "unconditional surrender" left no room for doubt in the minds of Germans and Japanese as to who had won, and whose will would thereafter govern. This, and the absolute military rule by the victors that followed, made possible the subsequent beneficent reconstruction. The Germans were defeated, and they knew it. And so the Marshall Plan worked. The Japanese were defeated, and they knew it. And so Douglas MacArthur, no liberal he, was able to force the Japanese to rebuild their society as a liberal democracy.

It's time to give the Palestinians the same opportunities, on the same terms.

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