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Settlements stand in the way of Mideast peace
George E. Bisharat, San Francisco Chronicle, April 26, 2002

Hope for peace in the Middle East hangs by a thread. The apparent unwillingness of the United States to halt the Israeli mauling of the West Bank has devastated our credibility worldwide. Dramatic steps are needed to address the core reasons for the violence afflicting the region. Confronting Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip should head the list. The Palestinians' resort to violent resistance is inexplicable without reference to a century of experience, in which Jewish settlement brought Palestinians financial ruin and frustrated aspirations for freedom.
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September 11 and the declaration of a "war on terrorism," has forced Americans to look at the World in a new light. No one can afford any longer to define the limits of their concerns by refusing to look beyond this nation's borders. If the freedom that every American cherishes, is not to become a freedom bound within a fortress, then every American will need to understand and respect the needs and concerns of the rest of the World. To this end, The War in Context invites anyone with interest and an open mind to listen to the critical discourse in which the policies and actions of the Bush administration are now being questioned. This debate, which is engaging inquiring minds inside and outside America, will hopefully inform the development of a sustainable new world order - a world order in which America is as much shaped by the World as is the World shaped by America.