Oh sure, it was all Arafat's fault.:sure: But now it's time to shift gears. Now it's all Abbas's fault!:nono: Let the vilification begin!!! Sharon has already cut ties with a new Palestinian administration that has not even taken office yet. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=412652 http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1390846,00.html Bush and Sharon have absolutlely no interest in a meaningful, effective, independent Palestinian leadership, just as we have no interest in truely independent leadership in Afganistan or Iraq. That would mean the US and Israel might not be able to do whatever they want. Unless Abbas completely capitulates to any and all Israeli(and US) demands, he will soon find himself isolated in the same box Arafat was contained in, a leader with no real power and denegrated and dismissed by the only powers that matter in the conflict. And any Palestinian violence, whether Abbas is responsible or not will be used to justify it. OTOH, if Abbas is seen as being a compliant tool of Israel and the US, it won't matter how violent the occupied territories and Israel become. Sharon's latest move is just the first shot across the bow, Abbas's bow.