November 05, 2005

Yuk! Rabin

I should have been following the commentary about the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. The Guardian has an editorial today "In praise of....Yitzhak Rabin". Well at least they hesitated before uttering the name. I think the Guardian's point is that Rabin made a major contribution to world peace by shaking hands with Arafat and managing not to throw up all over him.
It was Rabin who broke the mould by shaking hands with Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn after the Oslo agreement in 1993
Wow! In fairness they do have this to say on Oslo
Sentiment should not obscure the fact that Oslo was fatally flawed.
And who's fault was that? Again from the Guardian
Rabin was a brave man whose strategic vision did not go far enough.
I'll dig up all the stuff that most people know about his ethnic cleansing and his orders to the Israeli army to smash the limbs of children later.

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