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Montag, Oktober 13, 2003
Some days ago I posted about feeling it totally tasteless for bloggers to bet on Arafats death-date. From some I haven't expected it a difference way but some others really shocked me with that.
But well, people don't live to make me happy.
One comment from Ohad left me feeling it needs a longer answer, so I'll post it here.
On a very pragmatic level, it's not clear what will happen when Arafat kicks the bucket. Things might get better, but they could get worse first.
But what's clear is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can't move ahead as long as Arafat is in charge. Arafat will torpedo any attempt to make compromises or rein in terrorists. Once he's gone, there can be hope again.
Ohad, I don't think Arafats dead will make it any better. Not that he's a big help in solving the problems right now, about that we can agree, but his dead wouldn't improve the situation at all. You would no longer have (in theory) one person to talk to, but several from six to twelve or so, because all will be split up in several groups.
And for the Palestine people. They need someone to speak for them in any negotiations. Or what should be the goal? Complete genocide? I'm sure some wish it, but I do hope that's not the majority. So, you have to find a for both sides livable compromise and for this also the Palestine people would need a voice which is heard. Arafat could have been such a voice, years ago, when he got his Nobel prize there was hope he would be it. I don't see anyone else who could do it with the same effect.
So all, who really want a solution other than genocide, should think how this goal could be reached when they play idiots games like betting on a death date.