Friday, January 14, 2005


Mahmoud Abbas - Terrorist or Peacemaker?

Today's lead editorial states that the election of Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) is a "...source of hope" for the chances of Mideast peace. I am not here to take issue with that, not that I entirely agree with it. Perhaps Mr. Abbas is serious about peace with Israel. What I take issue with is the whitewashing regarding Mr. Abbas' past as a terrorist. No where in the editorial does it mention this past which includes financing the 1972 attack at the Munich Olympics where a dozen or so Israeli athletes were slaughtered. He was a founding member of Fatah, an organization with the stated goal of destroying Israel. Nor does the editorial mention that Mr. Abbas has a Ph.D. and that his dissertation was titled The Other Side: The Secret Relations Between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement . And as cartoonist John Branch pointed out January 12th, Abbas may have talked peace when western cameras were around, but he talked terror when they were not. It remains to be seen if Mr. Abbas can change his spots; is he going to be a peacemaker or a terrorist?
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