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02 December 2007

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Mad Dogs

Pat,

I would imagine that the House of Saud will attempt to exert much influence on Syria to at the minimum, return to the Saudi-led Sunni fold (despite Syria's ruling Alawis Shia), and to perhaps come to terms with Israel.

It remains to be seen whether Syria can be "seduced" into something close to "peace" with Israel.

I remain unconvinced that Israel would accept a Syrian military presence overlooking them from the Golan Heights, but should Syria accept the idea of a 3rd-party monitored "demilitarized" zone in the Golan, Isreal may buy into that as well.

It would appear that the Saudis are back on their familiar horse of "Iran-mongering".

On the Iran front, past behavior suggests that Syria will continue to play all sides against all sides.

JohnH

Israel's leaders should be brooding about its future. Demographics are not in Israel's favor. The balance of immigration/emigration is not positive. In fact, many, talented Israelis have taken up residence in Europe and North America. And finally, the increasing accuracy and power of small missiles virtually assures that Israel will suffer real damage the next time they decide to go on the rampage.

Despite the handwriting on the wall, Annapolis was just a show. Everyone played their parts, the show is done, and it's back to business as usual.

Even the selection of Annapolis was ironic: "ana bolis" means "I am the police" in Arabic, an apt setting for Bush's security driven peace initiative! Either Condi & Co. meant to deliver the USA=cop message or they revealed their chronic tin ear once again. Kind of like Chevy introducing the Nova to Puerto Rico to disastrous sales ("No va" means "it doesn't run" in Spanish.)

Buzz

I think that it's important to point out that The Weekly Standard is owned by Rupert Murdoch and operates at a loss.
William Kristol and the other Neocons are being supported by Murdoch in inumerable ways including through Fox TV and The Weekly Standard.
Do you think Rupert is concerned about what is best for America?
Buzz

Clifford Kiracofe

Regional diplomatic activity that would facilitate a reduction of tensions and the construction of a regional cooperative structure, and economic integration, is welcome.

On the other hand, some circles in the US may wish to neutralize Syria (detach it from "Iranian influence") before launching preventive war against Iran.

Meanwhile, the GCC invited Iran to a meeting. The Iranian leader, now preaching love and peace, may well attend. Given the level of economic relations between the GCC and Iran it is not logical (at least to me) for the GCC to facilitate Washington's preventive war. Iran is the UAE's number one trading partner, for example.

So perhaps Iran will move to some member status with the GCC, thereby strengthening regional cooperation and economic integration.

According to Kaveh Afrasiabi,
"By ingratiating themselves further with Iran, the GCC states simultaneously send a strong signal to the US and Israel that the hidden agenda at Annapolis - forming an anti-Iran alliance - will not be on their agenda...."
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IL04Ak02.html

One might argue that Arab leaders well know that "domestic" US politics will prevent any solution to the Israel-Palestine situation in the foreseable future. Hence, while keeping relations with Washington "normal" some regional intitiatives by Arab leaders and Iran would make sense.

Abu Sinan

The number one place of immigration for Jews currently is Germany.

That is ironic on many fronts, but it should let the Israelis know that their time is running short.

One person, one vote, the only solution for the people of Palestine and Israel.

Binh

Nir Rosen interview on the surge in Iraq, chaos in Lebanon, Israel and Zionism, the Horn of Africa, and the Global War on Terror:

http://www.speroforum.com/site/article.asp?id=12658

Will

The Angy Arab blog mirrors Olmerts comments in Haaretz

The Angry Arab:
http://angryarab.blogspot.com/search?q=two+state


"I have always told Palestinians in refugee camps: don't despair. Your time will come. ""If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Haaretz Wednesday, the day the Annapolis conference ended in an agreement to try to reach a Mideast peace settlement by the end of 2008."

Posted by As'ad at 6:45 AM 42 comments

Olmert in Haaretz
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/929233.html

" WASHINGTON - "If the day comes when the two-state solution collapses, and we face a South African-style struggle for equal voting rights (also for the Palestinians in the territories), then, as soon as that happens, the State of Israel is finished," Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Haaretz yesterday, the day the Annapolis conference ended in an agreement to try to reach a Mideast peace settlement by the end of 2008.

"The Jewish organizations, which were our power base in America, will be the first to come out against us," Olmert said, "because they will say they cannot support a state that does not support democracy and equal voting rights for all its residents."

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All this convergence is b/c the innermost core bedrock SOUL of America is not democracy but the following principles:

Human Rights in a Nutshell

United States Declaration of Independence We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

United States Constitution Amendment XIV Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

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It took a bloody Civil War to realize the promise of the Declaration of Independence end embody it in the 14th Amendment which extended the promise to black citizens. Calvin Coolidge proudly signed the bill granting American citizenship to our indigenous population reflection on his native American roots.

Israel as presently governed is incompatible with our bedrock principles. The Irak war with 3,000 dead, 20,000 wounded, two trillion blown, has not been enough to shock the conscience, but one day the ship will right itself.

God has his own timetable.

See also
how Ahmedinejad has been demonized for basically saying the same thing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad_and_Israel

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note. Jefferson thought it too crass to say "right to own property" in a founding document hence " the pursuit of happiness." Many state constitutions have the alternate version "right to own property" and leave out the arcane and romantic "pursuit of happiness."

PeterE

Besides a demographic threat, Israel may face an Arab world that is stronger militarily and economically. At the same time, the relative power of its main ally, the U.S., may be declining, globally and in the Middle East. Israel needs a Bismarck, but all it has are would be Wilhelm IIs.

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