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Submitted by John W McGinley (United States), Dec 7, 2007 at 11:20

Chances are that you and all those who think that "Annapolis" was still-born are correct. Still, there are things to consider.

Just possibly the large picture geo-politcal realities are such that "Annapolis" just might work. Strange tidings are in the air these days and traditional wisdom may prove foolhardy. Also -- not unlike the United States in this regard -- Israel has such overwhelmingly greater military power compared to the Palestinians and their Muslim supporters that it, Israel, can afford to allow imprecision of discourse in the service of launching a possibility. It will become clear in the next month whether or not "Annapolis" was indeed still-born. If it was, then Israel has not yet committed itself to anything which would damage its security or standing. If it turns out that "Annapolis" is still breathing by that time and actually has a chance of succeeding, imprecision of discourse will have turned out to have been a small price to pay.

The 800-pound gorilla in the Middle East is still Israel. "Annapolis" still-born or "Annapolis" breathing will not change that reality. This is the ultimate safety net and it's still in place.

John W. McGinley


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Stupidity and Arrogance [127 words]David W. LincolnDec 7, 2007 11:48115887
who knows? [194 words]John W McGinleyDec 7, 2007 11:20115880
A few words can say a great deal [67 words]Anthony DaytonDec 7, 2007 09:37115873
A battle on the meaning of words [49 words]mannyDec 7, 2007 09:13115870
Not to worry. [62 words]Brian HDec 4, 2007 12:06115706
After Annapolis [611 words]Builders of ZionDec 4, 2007 02:54115688
Same Old Same Old, Only More So [300 words]orange yonasonDec 3, 2007 16:58115658
Bush is irresponsible, along with Rice. [146 words]YnnatchkahDec 1, 2007 13:56115539
dangerous grey areas [202 words]Rebecca MouldsDec 1, 2007 12:55115536
Dangerous, delusional Machiavellian appeasement [125 words]jennifer solisNov 29, 2007 15:27115337
Amazing how quickly Bush ensured Annapolis was a net minus [146 words]Charles MartelNov 29, 2007 11:20115311
peace in our time [118 words]john samfordNov 29, 2007 10:34115301
mr. abbas is a joke . [230 words]zari namdarNov 29, 2007 03:41115269
Hamas and Fatah part of peace process [659 words]titania jonesNov 28, 2007 20:49115235
Wrong Headed Thinking Only Leads To Greater Problems [207 words]orange yonasonDec 3, 2007 17:29115235
Abu Alaa and The Tale Of The Tightening Screws: Daniel's quote of Ahmed Qurei' [1484 words]Gerald A. HonigmanNov 28, 2007 20:47115233
Peace in Our Time? [207 words]BlackspeareNov 28, 2007 20:28115231
Balancing act [43 words]Brian HDec 4, 2007 12:30115231
Bush on the wrong side of the "War on Terror" [405 words]DrRJPNov 28, 2007 19:24115225
DrRJP [7 words]orange yonasonDec 3, 2007 17:52115225

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