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It's hard to imagine the US being interested in this. If we are, someone has to explain to me the sudden interest in establishing terrorist states in the middle east.

2 posted on 12/06/2005 1:51:10 PM PST by SJackson (People have learned from Gaza that resistance succeeds, not smart negotiators., Hassem Darwish)
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To: SJackson
It is not in the US' strategic interests to secure the release of a politically popular and charismatic terrorist.

It is not in Israel's strategic interests to permit the release of a politically popular and charismatic terrorist.

It is not in the propaganda interests of that slippery weasel Pollard to juxtapose his name with Barghouti's in any deal - although ultimately I suspect he would do anything to anyone to secure release.

6 posted on 12/06/2005 1:57:23 PM PST by wideawake
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No it can't be true. Or can it?

The horse of the US Adminstration in this race is M Abbas. If they think releasing Barghouti would aid Abbas in handling the extremists in Fatah and Hamas they really need some cerebral transplants at the State Dept.

Or haven't they noticed that there is an internal struggle within the Fatah movement? (Incompetence galore)

Anyway, could the President really afford to upset his core supporters yet again?


9 posted on 12/06/2005 1:57:43 PM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: SJackson
someone has to explain to me the sudden interest in establishing terrorist states in the middle east.

Substitute "some State Dept. officials" for "the U.S." and we may be on the trail.

21 posted on 12/06/2005 2:12:03 PM PST by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: SJackson
Is this Condlezza Rice again?

Give us Bar Abbas

John 18:40 They shouted back, “No, not him! Give us Barabbas!” Now
Barabbas had taken part in a rebellion.

31 posted on 12/06/2005 3:09:10 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Y'shua <==> YHvH is my Salvation (Psalm 118-14))
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To: SJackson

Pollard saved lives. Iran's nuclear reactor was destroyed as a result of the information that Pollard shared. His act was a crucial positive for the free world.

By contrast, Barghouti is a terrorist leader. They are not equivalent. Pollard has served a longer term than any of those who have shared information with enemies of the U.S. Pollard shared information not with a U.S. enemy, but with a U.S. ally, Israel, which supports the U.S. enthusiastically because of a shared set of democratic, freedom-loving values. Barghouti represents values that bring the world woe and destruction.


32 posted on 12/06/2005 3:14:28 PM PST by Mack Truck
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Stupid idea. They're both criminals. Keep them both in jail.


56 posted on 12/07/2005 2:25:43 AM PST by Alexander Rubin (Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
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