Adam Serwer is filling in while Kevin is on vacation.
Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Penn.) seems like he hasn’t checked in on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in a while:
“With the global war against terrorism, it is now incumbent on Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Yasir Arafat to clamp down on Palestinian extremists that have perpetuated violence and to restart a peace process that has collapsed,” wrote Pitts in a recent, rather outdated response letter to a constituent.
Arafat has been dead for eight years and Sharon has been in a coma for six. Sadly, “dead” and “comatose” are two adjectives people might use to describe the peace process itself.