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Olivier Roy

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Olivier Roy is a senior researcher at the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research). He currently lectures at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) in Paris and has acted as consultant to the French Foreign Ministry (Center for Analysis and Forecast) since 1984. Olivier Roy was also a consultant with UNOCA on Afghanistan in 1988, special OSCE representative to Tajikistan (August 1993 to February 1994) and headed the OSCE Mission for Tajikistan from February to October 1994. He is also the author of Globalized Islam, published by Columbia University Press. Close.

Olivier Roy

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Avoiding Square One

Paris, France -- Any mediation should concentrate on an immediate cease-fire and the release of all prisoners from both sides. But to avoid a return to square one, an agreement has to be struck on the key issues: the recognition...

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Please Olivier, respond, with all your titles and nomenclature vous reconnaissez la verite et je vous demandez de nous recompte votre emotions plus secret. Afford us a response more worthy of our reading.


Olivier, "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it" (Covenant of Hamas).

You have not researched the Hamas covenant and I invite you to glean the essentials through http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamas#The_Covenant_of_Hamas

How do you feel about the statements of Jean Marie Le Pen? Would you so publicly dismiss anything he sais, would you, in the Washington Post, appoint him equal partner in the EU as well provided he won the French elections? Would you urge fellow Europeans to seek a compromise with him and seek a compromise with Juerg Haider? Many people seem to dismiss such racist mission statements and yet it is their mission statement! Why has Hamas not given up their goal of ending the 'occupation of all of Palestine'? Isn't your willingness to encourage compromise Munich 1938 allover again?

You ask for a "release of all prisoners from both sides." - but you only illustrate your ignorance. The PA holds no Israeli prisoners, and a great many prisoners that Israel holds have been convicted of terrorist charges. There are Palestinian girls in Israeli prisons, girls younger than 18 years, who believe that blowing up Jews will earn them a spot as one of the 72 virgins that a martyr earns. But Olivier, who has really imprisoned her? She is in a mental jail, she believes that if she kills Jews she will be redeemed. The freedom such prisoners deserve is not a release back into the prison of their society but a release into the understanding of their own horrible mindset, isn't it? Sartre would see it, instantly, can you?


First a leftist from Haaretz and then a Frenchman? Why not ask the current President of Iran for his thoughts? First, Israel has accepted the results of the election in the PA. That result is that a government has been elected whose charter declares that Israel in general, and Jews in particular, should be exterminated. Thus, Israel has understood that no rational discussion of peace can take place with these people. I can recognize a result but it does not mean that the result may have adverse consequences to those who chose the result. Even France understands that. Second, in return for one prisoner, Israel should release thousands who have killed, maimed and/or tried to kill and maim thousands of Israelis. Then what? Under this logic, why not kidnap another soldier in return for Jews leaving Hebron or Ashkelon. Then maybe kidnap a child or two in return for Tel Aviv. The possibilities are endless.

The idea can spread too. Maybe, if the Arabs can kidnap a French cop, this person can advise the French to not only do nothing to the kidnaqppers, but they should let go the thugs who tortured and murdered a French Jew. Or maybe all Muslim prisoners in jail -- especially those who torched French homes, cars and property-- should also be let go. But one can't let common sense get in the way of French posturing for Arab thugs.

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