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Democracy at work?

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Jul 09, 2003

The news story says that the Palestinian prime minister is threatening to resign.

You read it, and reflect: Toward whom is that threat directed?

If it's aimed at his fellow Palestinians, it's not likely to work. They think Abbas has been too easy on Israel.

If it's aimed at Israel, it's not likely to work. They think Abbas has been too soft on terrorists.

Sure enough, neither of those groups responded promptly to the threatened resignation. But one voice was heard. A US State department spokesman announced: "We stand by Prime Minister Abbas."

Any other questions?

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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