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?