JAS said over at Hardstarboard blog: >>One of insanity's metaphors is trying to accomplish something via a particular method, failing, and then persisting in using that same failed method, believing that with sufficient repetition it will succeed.<<
Too cynical IMO..Arafat's death changes everything. Abbas is definitely talking out of both sides of his mouth, but he has no choice. Hamas & Iranian sponsored Hezbollah will kill him if gets too chummy with Sharon and doesn't make them promises under the table.
There's a cease fire, Condi Rice is Secy of State, Egypt is involved and has an economic interest in developing Gaza and doing business with Israel, the two men "like" each other. The USA has wisely played it low key, if you call giving 40 Million to Palestine and inviting Abbas and Sharon to DC, low key?
Listen, GW Bush is the most unlikely candidate for the Noble Peace Prize but it could happen. He's got as much chance as Abbas & Sharon of making the tired old Road Map work. Who would've thought that Arafat would die on a gurney in France? Anything can happen..it's a new day in the Middle East..HOPE is alive and well for the first time in decades...the odds are better for Peace than yesterday?
Iran could really throw a monkey wrench into the whole process by encouraging attacks by Hezbollah and Hamas..if they develop a nuclear weapon..all bets are off.