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Submitted by H. Gamlien (United States), Feb 19, 2003 at 17:13


Why are Palestinians so Angry??

Your argument seems a bit simplistic. My opinion for their anger - 3 generations growing up in political limbo without a chance for self determination. This is probably the root cause of most confilcts worldwide. Who is to blame?? The Palestinian leadership - shoulder a large part, the other Arab nations who have not integrated refugees in order to keep "a thorn in Israel's side" the USA's obvious one sided approach to the conflict and Israeli fears of being overrun by an Arab majority and losing their theocracy.

The Israeli leadership is refusing to make a decision. They have decided to not formerly "annex" the territories - as they would then have to eventually grant Israeli citizenship to its occupants and Israel would lose its "jewish" character. They have instead decided to slowly annex through settlements. This lack of "control" over their destiny and the slow annexation of land will continue to foster violence and terrorism in the region and the world.

Also - a strange note when I read these articles - it looks like we are ready to go to war with Iraq to depose the "regime" - although we believe the Iragi people to be good. Why do we disparage Palestinians rather than their poor leadership.

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