Neither Yassar Arafat nor Ariel Sharon want peace. It’s that simple. Neither of them will be happy until they’ve completely crushed the other. There is nothing we can do about it. We need to just forget about going after Iraq until they are thrown out by their people or die. The only thing I can think of that might help is to urge the UN to refuse to recognize either as a nation until they get their act together, but that would never work, for many reasons.

If neither combatant can remember why they are fighting, or who started the fight, it might be time for them to stop for a minute and figure out why they want to continue. Somebody needs to send Sharon and Arafat copies of Gulliver’s Travels and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, and maybe The Giving Tree just for a goof.