Mahmoud Abbas and Yasser Arafat in Ramallah in 2003..
(photo credit: REUTERS)
‘If you build it, they will come,” was the line that made Kevin Costner’s
character in Field of Dreams famous, as his Ray Kinsella was called upon to
build a baseball field that would allow Shoeless Joe Jackson and the seven other
players banned in the 1919 Black Sox scandal to play again.The phrase
should be modified in this key way: “If you build it to that end, actual work
needs to be put into any enterprise to make it alive and sustainable” –
especially if we are talking about state-building.
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