No Peace Until They Demand It

(Baltimore Sun) Irwin J. Mansdorf - When PA prime minister Mahmoud Abbas began his term of office, many convinced themselves that artificial regime change would bring about democracy and, eventually, peace. Today, despite Mr. Abbas' promises to act vigorously against incitement, hatred, and terrorism, the purposeful, planned, and targeted violence against Israelis continues. Democracy and peace will come when the people demand it, not when the politicians feign it. When unabashed promoters of terrorism such as Hamas' Abdel Aziz Rantisi continue to be able to use the educational system, the press, and the cultural institutions of Palestinian society without any resistance, it means that their message, and not that of Abbas, is the one that resonates.

2003-06-25 00:00:00

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