O Intermitente<br> (So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

O Intermitente
(So long, farewell, auf weidersehen, good-bye)

segunda-feira, agosto 04, 2003

Where Is the Fence?

O editorial da Forward defende a vedação como um importante instrumento para a defesa de Israel especialmente contra atentados terroristas. Defende, contundo, que esta seja feita de acordo com o plano original, isto é, seguindo a linha de cessar fogo de 1967.

To listen to some of the critics, the fence Israel is building is an offense to human rights, a cruel blight imposed across a happy land where the inhabitants want nothing more than to reach out and hug one another. The fence is a glaring reminder of conflict, some critics say, as though without it folks might forget what's going on. President Bush's spokesmen actually suggested that the president has an aversion to this sort of barrier going back to his days in the Texas statehouse, as though Israel's problem were nothing more than poor neighbors seeking work.

But Israel's problem is much worse: Its infiltrators are not job seekers but terrorist murderers. It's a problem that's likely to continue to a greater or lesser degree for a long time to come. Even if Bush's "road map" leads to a genuine agreement and Palestinian statehood, resentment of Israel will continue among large segments of the Palestinian population. Healing the wounds will take generations. In the interim, as Woody Allen once said, the lion may lie down with the lamb, but the lamb won't get much sleep. Israel will still need a fence


If Israel is serious about the fence's purely defensive purposes, it should heed the administration and redraw the fence's route to follow something resembling the 1967 border. It's cheaper, more defensible. It leaves the final border negotiable. And it will strengthen rather than weaken the momentum toward peace.

posted by Miguel Noronha 8:59 da tarde

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