On 24 June 2002 President George Bush took a decision to change US policy in the Middle East, whereby recognizing resolution 242 and Israel's right to exist is no longer sufficient for Palestinians to get Washington's support to achieve their just demands. According to the Director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Robert Satloff, the question was whether Palestinians were corrupt or democratic? Do they yield to terror and practice it or are they peaceful?Crossposted on Soccer Dad
Since then, the US administration replaced policy with ideology that believes in the myths of Torah. Arafat was isolated until he died and Sharon became a 'man of peace'. The US gave free hand to Sharon to subdue 'terror' and find a Palestinian partner to negotiate with. The partner remained absent despite electing Mahmoud Abbas as president. Sharon fell in a comma after he killed the Road Map and turned the Quartet into a false witness to the sufferings of the Palestinians. After five years of concomitant wars, and after the occupation of Iraq and its very democratic experiment, and after the withdrawal of the Syrian army from Lebanon and the retreat of Damascus trusteeship in favor for the American, the White House began to pay attention to the Palestinian issue through supporting moderate Abbas in the face of the extremism of Hamas and by activating the role of the Quartet.
Tony Blair was named an international envoy to the Middle East, about whom Bush says: "He is a man of insight. We worked together in times of war and each of us was determined to succeed and we have been together in the same trench."
Some Arabs have the right to be skeptical about the intentions of Blair. The man was enthusiastic for the war on Iraq, as if he is one of the American neo-conservatives. He participated in promoting the lies about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction. He assured the House of Commons that Saddam could launch a chemical attack within 45 minutes, and he left his while facing the voices of demonstrators against his policy. He did not apologize for the war and did not pay attention to Iraqis and was not moved by enormous bloodshed in Mesopotamia. He said that what's happening is worth suffering and that it is "enough that we got rid of Saddam Hussein."
He did not care about Baghdad becoming a base for terrorism exported to Morocco and Lebanon, which almost turned into a new center for al-Qaeda. At the beginning of the invasion of Iraq, Blair tried to convince the Arabs that Washington and London would make efforts to achieve just settlement for the Middle East in exchange for their support for the war. He did not tell the truth about Iraqi weapons and failed to convince Bush to move at the Palestinian level and stood firm against any call for cessation of Israeli aggression against Lebanon in July under a failed pretext that the Jewish State has the right to defend itself.
Some Arabs have the right to be skeptical about Blair's intentions, as the man is totally like Bush and we can almost say like Bin Laden because ideology governs his political conduct, allowing him to issue 'fatwas' for killing and the right of Israel to the 'Promised Land', especially as Bush confined his mission to 'assisting Palestinians in building their institutions', namely preparing them to enter the paradise of the State. As for negotiations and political initiatives, it is the competence of Rice alone.[...]
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Dar Al Hayat: "the US administration replaced policy with ideology that believes in the myths of Torah"
Bits of anti-Semitism and other sorts of paranoia become briefly visible in the fog of bad writing: