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Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Pushing the Envelope

Israel's Likud Party knows how to play the game. By having some hardliners push for Israeli occupation of Gaza until the end of time (coming shortly, according to American evangelicals), they've managed to get terrorist and mass murderer Ariel Sharon cast as somewhat of a moderate in the press for his supposed policy of withdrawing from Gaza by the end of 2005 (after flattening it first, of course).

I'd love to be wrong, but it seems to be pretty much a certainty that Sharon will use his new "moderate" label for political advantage (it may have already worked with the dropping of bribery charges against him), and continue to demolish homes in Gaza and assassinate Palestinians. After a while, inevitably another bus will blow up in Haifa and Sharon will have his excuse to re-invade Gaza.