Nadz on Gaza
Nadz has the right attitude regarding the Gaza evacuation: The fact that this was long overdue doesn't mean that we Palestinians are off the hook. Now is not the time to cheer or gloat, but to take responsibility for the Gaza Strip and to quell Hamas, who would love to milk this pullout for all its worth. They can't claim the credit for this, it will only confirm the fears of those who consider this move to be appeasement. Now more than ever, we need to crack down on Hamas and keep them from using the new freedom of Gazans to kill more Israelis. They won't change their stripes. Furthermore, this is a chance to show the Israelis and the world that we can run a functional, independant territory on our own without allowing terrorists to dominate. We can, if we can crack down on corruption and refuse to let corrupt PA officials take all of the economic benefits from the withdrawal. Life will get easier for Gazans as the checkpoints and roadblocks go away, but there is also the potential to revitalize the joke that is the Gazan economy. Read the whole thing!