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Wednesday, July 18, 2007


A Potholed-Filled Roadmap

I'm off on the road
To mid-east talks
where are they?
They're just in my brain

The roadmap to peace is dead. Long live the NEW roadmap!

According to the Associate Press, President Bush is going to "bolster" ousted (remember that word "ousted") Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to begin Peace Talks in the area once again. Bush must not realize that the word "ousted" means "put out", as in Abbas is no longer leading the ,most troubled area of the Palestinian occupied area: The Gaza Strip. His buildings were burnt and many of his supporters were killed.

So, of course, this is a great time to "bolster" him, right Mr. Bush?

President Bush now says he wants to use the remaining time he has in office to make peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis and his plan - if you can believe it - is to have a deposed leader negotiate a deal while others lead his state.


Just as before in his administration, President Bush is seeking to negotiate with those who have little in the way of power. The similarities are striking in the way he refuses to use diplomacy with our enemies and only will talk with friends/ allies. Think to his stubborn stances with North Korea and Iran, just to name a few.

I can understand GW's reluctance to give credence to Hamas, the terrorist group bent on the destruction of Israel and the death of the Jews. Hamas seems to be in no hurry to talk to anyone recommending a peace between the area they now control and Israel. So President Bush will negotiate with those who can do no real good - the government in exile of Abbas.

It's like dropping your key in a dark alleyway and looking for it on the lighted street because the light is better there - it just isn't going to work.

“With all these steps, today’s Arab leaders can show themselves to be the equals of peacemakers like Anwar Sadat and King Hussein of Jordan,”

The difference here being, of course, a willing partner to the negotiations. Perhaps along with Abbas. President Bush should call on other leaders of the Arab world to force the controlling Hamas to the negotiation table as well. Yes, I know that Hamas is a terrorist organization, but not including them in negotiations is simply removing a very important peg from a very complicated machine.

President Bush's "Roadmap to Peace" is dotted with too many roads left to decay. The time for the type of deal he is calling for is dead and its executioner was the mismanagement of the Bush administration. The war in Iraq has made any move by the Bushies seem suspicious to the Muslim world and very few around the globe trust us and support us as they did just a few short years ago.

Peace in the middle east is a great idea, but we're going to need a new administration as a broker to get it done.

-Noah Greenberg

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