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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

LA TIMES OP-ED
This piece gets off to a great start: the title is "Don't Let the Bombers Win." But then, later on, the writer loses me: "Pictures of buses blown apart in Jerusalem and slain Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron cannot be allowed to determine whether peace prevails."

1. The problem may be construed by this writer as being "pictures of buses," but for Israelis the problem is not pictures, but rather that they themselves, or someone they love, can and do get murdered on a bus . . . or in a mall, or driving along the highway. It's not the pictures that's preventing peace, it's the hideous reality.

2. Okay, now look again at the next part of the sentence, to the effect that slain Israelis should not affect whether peace prevails. What then, would affect whether peace prevails? Somehow, a prevailing peace that includes "slain Israelis" doesn't sound like peace, wouldn't look or feel like peace. What are they talking about?!