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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas shake hands

I quite like this cartoon. I think it very cleverly captures aspects of the situation that are not often focused on by the world. While Sharon and Abbas may have shaken hands there is still a lot going on between the two of them in terms of dynamics. This is a new "partnership" - Abbas and Sharon. With Arafat there was an existing dynamic to the relationship but with Abbas now in power the dynamic is still unsettled. Niether leader wants to be seen as "conceding" too much or being too "hard". So while the world watches the handshakes and feels all warm and fuzzy about the prospect of peace, those in the know understand that this is a much more complicated hand shake than appears! Cartoon is thanks to Mike Lane, Baltimore, Maryland, The Baltimore Sun February 9, 2005.

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