Monday, January 10, 2005

Hope for peace in the Middle East

Abu Mazen has won the Palestinian election.

Here's hoping that he is more sincere about making peace than Arafat was. What gives me hope is that he promised a better life for the Palestinian people. I can't recall Arafat ever talking about how to make the lives of Palestinians better. When was his speech on education? There never was one. How about how to care for the poor? He never talked about that either.

Arafat was 100% a soldier. All he knew was war. I think the biggest reason he walked away from a peace deal in 2000 was that he couldn't deal with the idea that he would have to go from warrior to statesman.