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To: JohnHuang2
Despite what Joe has to say about it, there are several million folks sitting around in that part of the world who call themselves "Palestinians." They've now got a decades-long shared experience formed by being confined to camps, being alienated by all other Arab states as not being those kinds of Arabs. And God knows they're not Israelis.

So as far as those folks are concerned, there is a Palestinian people. The political realities are that they're going to stay where they are, and that they're going to have a country of their own. And that's pretty much the end of it.

The remaining question is what kind of "people", and what kind of state, they will be.

Note: by Farah's formula, there's no such thing as an American, either.

4 posted on 07/11/2002 2:22:32 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb
The only reason they sit in the camps is because the Jews did not kick them out.
5 posted on 07/11/2002 2:29:32 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: r9etb
they're going to have a country of their own. And that's pretty much the end of it.

The question is, WHOSE country?

7 posted on 07/11/2002 2:35:07 PM PDT by Alouette
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To: r9etb
"The political realities are that they're going to stay where they are..."

I disagree; 'political realities' are constantly shifting as history unfolds. There is no good reason to believe that there will be a Palestinian state , or Iraqi for that matter, in 30 years.

What possible use are any of these sordid little Arab regimes to their unfortunate populations , or to the rest of the world.

The Arabs have taken a wrong evolutionary path, like the dodo, but there'll be other people to take up the available geographic niches, I'm sure.
8 posted on 07/11/2002 2:43:48 PM PDT by headsonpikes
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