Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Abbas Anounces an End to Chaos

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas vowed to end internal armed chaos but warned the Middle East conflict would not end until his people are granted independence despite Israel's departure from Gaza. We will no longer tolerate from this day the security anarchy, the armed chaos and the kidnappings, Abbas added. The principle that unites us is that we have one authority, one law and one legal weapon, he said, referring to the arms of the Palestinian security services. The Palestinian leader, who declared an end to hostilities at a summit with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in February, said the conflict between the two sides would not finally end until the Palestinians are granted their promised state.

I don't know about anyone else, but it just feels like it might be legitimate this time, after all we have only heard comments like this 1 or at most 2 dozen times in the last 15 years. At some point you'd think that they may actually mean what they are saying.

Turkish Press Article for the above quote.

There is much more to this article but the opening paragraph sort of tells the story, and at least for me left me a little depressed. Palestinians looted dozens of greenhouses on Tuesday, walking off with irrigation hoses, water pumps and plastic sheeting in a blow to fledgling efforts to reconstruct the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians seem more interested in looting the abandonned 'settlements' than they do in anything else. They keep saying what we need to do for there to be peace, what about what they need to do for themselves for there to be peace. Shouldn't they at least look for ways to improve their own lives, instead of destroying something that may help.

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