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[Posted 4 May 2002]
Not content to have
launched an appalling aggression against the Palestinian
people and their National Authority and to have committed
the most revolting massacres known to mankind, Israel has
gone a step further by destroying all hope of peace with
the Arabs. It has killed the Oslo accords when it set up
buffer zones separating it from the Palestinian
territories. Agricultural land in Area A, completely
under Palestinian control, have been confiscated and used
for that purpose. Sharon, it seems, understands the way
the game should be played. And as long as he enjoys the
protection of the US, the world's only super power, he is
likely to pursue his policies of aggression.
The US has often been accused of applying dual standards in dealing with the outside world. In no other case is this more evident than in the Palestinian question. The US Administration lends its support undiminished to Israeli injustices and to the Sharon government. Meanwhile, it stands opposed to the Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli occupation; a struggle, which it prefers to list, unjustly, under terrorism.
The magnitude of the
Israeli crimes, committed against innocent Palestinian
civilians, has rendered the US unable to go against the
consensus of the international community to dispatch a
three-member fact-finding mission to the Palestinian
territories, namely to Jenin, where evidence has it that
around 800 houses were destroyed and 500 people killed.
Nowhere can the
inconsistency of American foreign policy be seen clearer
than in the Middle East. Washington's fudging of regional
tensions, aggravated by Israel's massive and bloody
incursions into the Palestinian self-controlled areas, is
raising questions over the American agenda.
ARTICLES AND COMMENTARIES
On the win in the first
round of the French presidential elections of President
Chirac in first place followed by ultra right-wing leader
Jean-Marie Le Pen, with the Socialist Party's Lionel
Juspin trailing in third place. Juspin is known for a
well-famed statement, when on a visit to Jerusalem, in
which he described the Lebanese resistance against the
Israeli occupation as an act of terror.
At long last, the Arab and
Islamic vote has come to count as influential in the
making of political decisions outside the Arab and
Islamic worlds. An accurate reading into the results of
the French presidential elections are enough to lead to
this conclusion. The shocking defeat of the French left
led by Juspin, while justifying a scare across Europe,
does by no means imply that the extreme right has won a
majority to carry it into the Elysee.
-- By: Morsi Attallah, "Al Ahram Al Messa'i"
It is quite ironic that US
President George W. Bush should urge the Arab countries,
Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan in particular, to stand
against Middle East terrorism. The irony lies in the fact
that these countries, especially Egypt, have engaged in a
vicious war against terrorist organizations which found a
safe haven in the US and other Western countries.
-- By: Mohammad Barakat,
"Akher Sa'a magazine"
(c) 2002 Africa News Service, Inc. * Reprinted for Fair Use Only
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