From: Scott Chase (email@example.com)
Date: Mon 04 Nov 2002 - 23:25:18 GMT
>To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
>Subject: Re: The terrorism meme
>Date: Mon, 4 Nov 2002 14:02:16 -0600
> > firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > http://www.meforum.org/article/175
> > >
> > Middle East Forum, ("Protecting America's Interests) - colleagues of
> > our friends in Campus Watch.
>Ad hominem. Check out the articles, and judge them on their merits. I
>could have posted scathing critiques of Edward Said, but refrained.
What's the problem with Ed Said? I haven't read a whole lot of what he's written, but he wrote an essay that capped off the book _The War for Palestine_ (edited by Eugene Rogan and Avi Shlaim. 2001. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge UK) which seemed alright to me. Also writing essays in this book were Benny Morris and Avi Shlaim, who are Israeli "New Historians" that those on the Israeli far right might consider as bad as Said because they don't tow the line of standard Israeli historiography.
I've no problems with the general spirit of Palestinian self-determination,
but the tactics used have been abhorrent. I've no truck with suicide bombers
and if the moderates of the Palestinian side don't start coming to the
forefront and taking back the reins of their cause from the Islamicists and
other assorted extremist rejection fronters, I can't see much more than a
whole lot more needless bloodletting down the road. I can't blame Israel for
retaliation, but I also see settlement policies as not being helpful.
Hopefully Israel takes a turn toward the left or center left with all the
commotion surrounding late breaking power struggles. A vote of no confidence
in the Knesset could go a long way to securing the future of the peace
process. The Likud Revisionists and the nationalist religious right are
impeding the peace process too, via settlement policies in the occupied
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