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Having been roundly castigated, and rightfully so, for failure to include the treatment of Palestinians among a list of human rights abuses, I defer to that criticism.

The Palestinians have long been a tribe or nation without benefit of adequate and legitimate government.

Who am I to deny their right to self determination and nationhood?

In answer;  no one at all.  I freely admit to a lack of experience firsthand in diplomatic relations.

Were I placed in their pridicament, I suspect I should feel similarly, although I've difficulty understanding the generational differences between Arabs and Jews.

It seems at times we've come a long way since Camp David talks under Carter's wing, but those embraces ought yet still to bind!

I know, as submitted earlier, what an experience it is to be profiled as either Israaeli or Arabic, with my Mediterranean features, and style of dressing.

"Take a guess, or take a swing if you like!"  It's happened to me before.

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The only thing I cannot countenance is the idea of "martyrs" who take innocent life in their sacred "entifada."

What could be further from truth or desert than this claim?

Speak to me, if you like, of righteous indignation, but first, "remove the splinter from thine own eye!"

I will stop at Christian quotations!  For it's all the same, even in oriental Bhuddist terms.  We've a karma each to fulfill, and our Dharma is a lifetime work at understanding and peace.

If I say "Peace be unto you" or "Shalom Aleichem" it hardly matters at all unless a hand is held out to my own.

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"Do unto others..."

Not do before, lest it be done unto you!

It is such a mentality of backyard, playground, and street gang fighting that leads to nations facing off, forgetting altogether about what the original argument was.

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As what?  Poetry? Homily? Essay?  I adde... by Margaret Bassett on Tuesday, Nov 25, 2008 at 8:17:48 AM