Jenin and the 'Twinkie Defense'

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So, in Jenin, ambulances and humanitarian aid workers were barred from entering the camp for 10 days in what Amnesty International called "grave breaches of international humanitarian law."

The Palestinians, on the other hand, are busy cleaning up their image.

In the Jenin refugee camp, all the graffiti extolling the heroism of Osama bin Laden has been painted over, as have the fiery Arabic slogans vowing to fill the rivers of Israel with blood.

In their place, nice, homey slogans like "We love Palestine" are going up in English for the benefit of foreign visitors.

And, there is no rebuilding going on—officials want to be sure the work of the giant Israeli bulldozers is visible for a long time.

So what is the solution to this mess? There doesn't appear to be one as long as we have Ariel Sharon and Yasir Arafat at our respective helms. Those two old warriors seem to thrive on going at each other's throats—no matter how much misery their never ending, private war inflicts on their people.

My friend Esther thinks we should take up a collection to buy those $20 million space-shuttle seats for both Sharon and Arafat. You know, the seats they are selling to rich tourists.

"We could pay extra for them to be sent to the moon where they could fight it out . . . just the two of them," she said wistfully. "One- way tickets might be cheaper."

Not a bad idea. Anyone want to contribute?

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