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April 15, 2004
MORE THOUGHTS on the latest Administration moves regarding the Palestinians:
Bush looked in vain for a reciprocal gesture from the Palestinians. He got nothing. Worse then nothing, the Palestinians have been busily discussing how to bring Hamas into their government. Result: political rewards for Sharon, a cold shoulder for the Palestinians. It was almost two years ago that Bush made it clear that he would judge the Palestinian leadership by one criteria: its willingness to fight terrorism. Why, two years and no willingness to fight terrorism later, it expects "evenhandedness" from Bush shows that they simply don't understand the man.
Indeed. The Palestinians have been acting as -- and often proclaiming themselves as -- our enemy. Expecting evenhandedness is a bit much.