Sunday, November 08, 2009

"The Emperer Has No Clothes"
Finally! Someone as Pessimistic As Me

Thomas Freidman, in today's New York Times, tells us that "The Emperor Has No Clothes": that the Israeli Palestinian "Peace Negotiations" are a bluff. Nothing is happening, and nothing is likely to happen in the near future.

His advice? America should get out of this farce, and stop providing a fig leaf.

The trouble is America is not just providing a fig leaf. It is also fanning the flames, by incompetent diplomacy (see my previous blog entry) and by its massive military aid to Israel.

If America really wants to withdraw from the scene, it should also stop all military aid the the Middle East, and begin abstaining on all UN votes on Israel Palestine. Let the parties fight it out mano a mano. Who knows, that might create some pressure for movement.

In any case, Freidman's piece is fascinating and surprising, coming as it does from the mainstream of the mainstream of the American punditry. It signals that America is getting fed up with both Israel and Palestine. And who knows where that might lead.

Read the full article here.


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