Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Abbas = Arafat in better clothes

From Joel Mowbray, a short dissection of Abbas' tenure. Two excerpts:

Aside from being a communist Holocaust denier and Arafat’s right-hand man for decades, Abbas has always hailed from the same school of moral thought that “Palestine” includes all of Israel and that there’s nothing inherently wrong with suicide bombings. His criticism of terrorism, which is always noted by the media and the international community so eager to embrace him, is based on his belief that slaughtering innocent civilians is merely strategically unhelpful.

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Hamas is still intact, as is every other known Palestinian terrorist entity. Abbas refuses to stand up to the terrorists; instead, like Arafat, he proudly prefers to work with them. And work with them, indeed. He’s already announced plans to release two high-profile terrorists: Ahmed Saadat, the head of terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Fuad Shubaki, Arafat’s former deputy who spearheaded efforts to smuggle arms from Iran aboard the Karine-A.

There is a legitimate question how far ahead of a deeply radicalized Palestinian population Abbas can go. At the very least, he could aim to be a step ahead and try to lead them in a new direction. But he’s not—and it shows.

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