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Tuesday, December 07, 2004


Changing of the guard

posted by Aziz P. at Tuesday, December 07, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Q. What do the United Nations, the NAACP, and the Palestinian Authority all have in common?

A. They all are facing a critical decision point in terms of future leadership. Doverspa makes the case for Bill Cosby to lead the NAACP, and Glenn Reynolds was the champion of Vaclav Havel to lead the United Nations (as the chorus of calls for Kofi Annan to resign grow international and bipartisan).

For the Palestinians, Arafat is already gone, and either way the election goes, to the Palestinian equivalent of Howard Dean (Marwan Bargouti) or John Kerry (Mahmoud Abbas), it will represent a rejection of the insider corruption that characterized Arafat's rule. Hopefully.

This represents a season of potential change, at key nexuses of domestic and international politics. What will the repercussions be? Somehow it seems like a fresh wind blowing out stale air.


How is Bargouti the Palestinian Dean? This one is quite interesting to me...


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