George W. Bush and Ariel Sharon are working from the same play book, and for the moment, they are winning their wars against terrorism. But their strategy will ultimately fail. Maintaining a climate of fear and hatred against a demonized enemy will work only in the short term. Why? Because violence breeds violence. It does not provide security. Americans and Israelis can be diverted by war games for just so long before they begin to wonder: Where is this plan taking us?
Palestine author Ghassan Khatib points to the beginning of the current Palestinian intifada, when the Labor government “allowed its main political opponent to do something that no Israeli politician had ever done in the history of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories.” Candidate Ariel Sharon was allowed to enter the area of Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque, “a statement of ownership that set off massive peaceful Palestinian protests.”
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