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Laughing all the way to the West Bank

Posted by Ed on March 6, 2003

Just in case we’d all forgotten about Palestine in the frenzied rush to secure the world’s oil supplies (or peace, depending on who you believe), the Guardian reminds us what the real obstacles to peace in the Middle East and elsewhere are:

“Laughing all the way to the West Bank, Israel’s Ariel Sharon plays Mr Bush like an open-mouthed trout on a line. Having gone into coalition with absurdist zealots repelled by the mere thought of Palestine, he set tough new terms for future talks that if maintained will preclude any progress at all while he is in office. In tandem, offensive Israeli military assaults, especially in Gaza, grow more deadly and less inhibited.”

Read the whole article here.

And if that’s not enough, try this one on for size:

“Of all the images associated with the occupied Palestinian territories of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, extreme hunger is not the first to leap to mind. It is more likely to be the usual television pictures of tanks and guns, angry crowds and stone-throwing youths.”

“But according to UN figures, children in Gaza are today as seriously malnourished as children in Congo and Zimbabwe.”

And finally, Steve Bell (again) on the Hamburger-eating war monkey.


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