Friday, April 16, 2004

I'm no expert

but I recall that the "roadmap" to peace in the Middle East involved the taking of tiny steps of process, leaving the substantive issues (boundaries, settlements, "right of return" and so forth) to the end, once the process for decision was in place. Now, however, the adoption by Bush/Blair of Sharon's unilateral decision to withdraw from Gaza, leave large settlements in place on the West Bank and deny the "right of return" is a complete reversal of the road map process-first method. It in essence determines the outcome before the map is even opened. Have you ever traveled by such a method?

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