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Surprising Opinion Source: Bill Maher 
22nd-Jul-2006 11:04 am
The man whose speeches have caused me to leave the room comes out with something good here

Quick quote:I surrender my credentials as Bush exposer - from the very beginning - to no man, but on Israel, I love it that a U.S. president doesn't pretend Arab-Israeli conflict is an even-steven proposition. Lots of ethnic peoples, probably most, have at one time or another lost some territory; nobody's ever completely happy with their borders; people move and get moved, which is why the 20th century saw the movement of tens if not hundreds of millions of refugees in countries around the world. There was no entity of Arabs called "Palestine" before Israel made the desert bloom. If those 600,000 original Palestinian refugees had been handled with maturity by their Arab brethren, who had nothing but space to put them, they could have moved on -- the way Germans, Czechs, Poles, Chinese and everybody else has, including, of course, the Jews.

He has a point. Borders are not eternal. That's why there is a section at most university libraries that has a historical map collection, among other things. People are eternal. Nations, borders, and monuments are the ephemera of reality.
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