Today's New York Times news analysis by James Bennett is a case study showing how clueless reporters for our premier newspapers can be. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/07/in...al/07SHAR.html
James Bennett, the Times Jerusalem bureau chief, apparently hasn't seen the evidence connecting Arafat with the financing and planning of terror attacks. Nor has he seen Arafat's speeches calling for the liberation of all of Palestine and " a million martyrs to march on Jerusalem" Through the magical power of wishful thinking he still believes that Arafat wants his famous " peace of the brave," and that only if the Israelis could be a lot little bit more forthcoming, the happy days of Oslo agreement would return. The real villain, Bennett believes, is the Bulldozer Ariel Sharon who has never wanted peace and continues to obstruct it.
Here are Bennett's words:
Maybe we should take up a collection and buy Bennett a hearing aid.Mr. Arafat's policy toward Israel is ambiguous. He speaks of a "peace of the brave" but, lacking any gains to show for so much bloodshed, he does not take the political gamble of trying to stop the conflict.
Mr. Sharon, who is known as the Bulldozer, is neither ambivalent nor ambiguous. He opposed the 1993 Oslo peace accords, which returned Mr. Arafat to Ramallah. He has expressed regret that Israel did not kill Mr. Arafat in Lebanon 20 years ago, and for his promise to President Bush not to harm him now.