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More Who You Calling ‘We’?

Well JPod, we weren’t legally obligated to insist on the changes outlined by Satloff, but we could nonetheless have done so. Instead, the administration has been touting elections (including the Palestinian election) as if they are a solution, without recognizing that treating armed militias as political parties is a mistake. This degree of confidence in elections can be argued–and has been argued. It’s a legitimate debate, although I think events are proving those with high confidence in elections per se to be mistaken. But the administration’s failure to follow the sort of policy outlined by Satloff is not due to the lack of a legal mandate to do so. It is part of a conscious, consistent, and in my view mistaken theory of democratization.


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