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Deporting Palestinians

TEL AVIV The practical meaning of [Tuesdays] High Court decision is that security forces cannot automatically deport a terrorist's relatives. They must first prove to a court that a candidate for deportation has had a part in terrorism. … The High Court spoke in a clear voice. It said that even in the trying period of a war against terrorism waged against “human bombs,” the State of Israel will continue to uphold normative restrictions, limits which are the price of democracy, a steep price which is worth paying.

Daily Telegraph

Blair's backing of Bush

LONDON To many Labor supporters, by no means only those on the far left, Mr. Blair's willingness to support a right-wing American regime in what they see as an aggressive war is almost unforgivable. Labor's opposition to another Iraqi campaign is rooted in some of the most basic instincts that actuate that party's followers: suspicion of the United States in general and of Republicans in particular; support for the underdog; anti-colonialism; concern for Third World civilians; and, not least, a basic dislike of all wars.

It is hard to think of a more provocative issue on which Mr. Blair could challenge his own party. That is why, even now, it is quite possible that the prime minister will tiptoe away from his American allies. Yet if Mr. Blair really does follow through, it will silence many of those critics who have accused him of lacking principles. Mr. Blair's support for America appears to stem from genuine conviction.

He seems to be sincere in his belief that influence in Washington makes Britain stronger in Europe, and vice versa. In backing a renewal of the conflict, Mr. Blair would be putting his principles above his party, perhaps the greatest test of statesmanship. Rarely has Mr. Blair been suspected of excessive integrity. Perhaps he will surprise us all.

Egyptian Gazette

Killing civilians

CAIRO The world's failure to treat the Palestinians and Israelis on an equal footing underlines the long-running conflict, which is threatening a big explosion and uncontrollable chaos in the region. The latest shocking proof was how the world, primarily the U.S., reacted to a series of cold-blooded killings perpetrated by Israel against Palestinian civilians.

Not a single voice was raised in the U.S. which has been unsparing about heaping the blame on Palestinians to censure the Israeli perpetrators, let alone demand they be brought to justice.

This questionable and unethical silence starkly contradicts the typical American response every time Palestinians mount retaliatory bombings against their oppressors. More than once, President George W. Bush came out to condemn the Palestinians, branding them as “killers” and “terrorists.” He has eventually bought Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's allegation that what he is doing to the Palestinians is a regional war on terrorism.

If the Israelis are to feel secure, the Palestinians, too, must feel that their lives are no less valuable. If not, then expect the worst.

Corriere della Sera

The Johannesburg summit

MILAN, Italy Although last year's terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and recent environmental disasters have slowed down economic growth, modern consumption habits continue to endanger the survival of the Earth's different ecosystems and to pollute the atmosphere.

Unfortunately, it appears very difficult to change these habits and to reduce the consumption of electricity and fuel.

Will it be possible in the future to develop technology more compatible with the ecology? How long will it still be possible to produce goods and services at the frenzied rhythm of the last decades?

These are the two main questions that the summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg has been asking the West, but nobody has an answer yet. To provide this answer is as difficult as controlling the birth rate in underdeveloped and overpopulated countries.

Evidently, the main problem for our society remains that of unlimited growth in the face of limited resources. For now this contradiction is only being tackled by words rather than deeds, although discussions on the issues involved are still necessary to inform people of what is at stake.

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