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Gaza Watch (In Words And Pictures)
By Ed Driscoll · August 16, 2005 10:34 PM · War And Anti-War

Steve Green has the words; Charles Johnson and Karol Sheinen have the photos.

What will pulling out of Gaza provide? Steve makes a great observation (as usual):

Israelis won't have to deal with 1.5 million Palestinians who, by and large it seems, want them dead. The security situation might degrade ever-so-slightly, but the Excedrin Factor just dropped several notches. And that's no small something for a country that's been at war for virtually all of its 58-year existence.

The other thing Sharon has accomplished is to maybe, just maybe, force some of the Palestinian leadership to act like grownups. The PA or Hamas, or whoever now finds itself in the uncomfortable position of providing water, filling potholes, solving crimes, putting out fires all the little tiny basic things local government is supposed to do.

And when the PA can't or won't provide those things? Then maybe, just maybe, the propaganda-driven death cult Arafat created will die, and the Palestinian people will start acting like grownups, too.

Meanwhile James Lileks looks at the Cindy Sheehan Spectacle and its relationship with Israel and the Palestinians.

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