Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Two problems here

Relevant article below

1. Hopefully all will soon lose interest in purely political efforts to resolve these wearisome, intractable, and carnage-laden standoffs. Human life and reality is divided into at minimum 3 levels of organization, 1. Religious, 2. Social, and 3. Political. Politicians are in fact LEAST equipped by profession and orientation to have insight and reflexes toward peace.

We should all stop running at Lucy's football, and simply yawn at trips like those of Secretary of State Rice. She is from a profession incapable of brokering peace.

2. The US under president Bush has all but forfeited its ability to stand as a mediator in the region. Until we dig ourselves out of our (on-going) post 9-11 failures, US leaders should not bother to travel to the region alone. We should work with other countries first (such as Indonesia), and then travel to meet Middle East leaders together with partners who stand in a better position to be heard.
clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Muted reaction to US Mid-East peace push
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Jerusalem on 27 March 2007
"Diplomacy, dishmomacy," were his actual words.
'Damage limitation exercise'
A land-for-peace proposal where Israel would withdraw from the land it occupied after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, allowing a Palestinian state to be formed in Gaza and the West Bank, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
This done, Arab nations would recognise Israel.
But Ms Rice wants them to do so beforehand as an incentive to Israel to sit at the negotiating table.
'Biased' mediator
Palestinian critics say Ms Rice has shown, once again, that she is a friend of Israel, not an honest broker in this process.

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