Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Worth mentioning

Writing in the Israeli daily Haaretz on June 20, columnist Zvi Bar'el said:
Like a belly dancer who allows members of the audience to peel off layers of clothing, U.S. President George W. Bush is being stripped of each justification for the war against Iraq.
From that wonderful opening line, the column goes on to assess the miserable security situation in Iraq. But what struck me most and what I wanted to pass on was the closing paragraph.
And one more small thing: Up to now, the war is estimated to have cost the U.S. a mere $120 billion. A tenth of this sum would provide a springboard for the solution of the Israel-Palestinian dispute; another tenth would have vast impact on the Jordanian and Egyptian economies; and another tenth would solve the main part of the refugee issue.... All these price figures seem particularly conspicuous when considering the not-impressive results of the war against Iraq.
'Nuff said.

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