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George Mitchell and the Girlie Men of Gaza.

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Submitted by Maura Collins (Canada), Jan 26, 2009 at 09:17

The Mitchell story is more than a little absurd considering the one-sided effort of both parties being played out to a fare-thee-well. The State of Israel has twisted herself into a pretzel to accommodate the "International Community", whoever the heck they are, by giving up land for peace, and releasing murderers in what Olmert euphemistically refers to as 'a goodwill gestures', and received in return, what? What exactly did they get for these torturous concessions?

While they jeopardised the safety of the state by catering to these thugs, the rockets kept zipping into Sderot and Ashkelon with little to no demand from the outside world a cease fire of same. On Christmas Eve, 2008, the Girlie Men of Gaza decided to up the ante on punishment for their opponents, and legalise via their cozy contract with Sharia Law the introduction of Crucifixion.

Yes indeed, Mr. Mitchell and his new boss believe they can now do business with a group of men who consider this gross and extreme form of punishment the norm, but water boarding is 'inhumane?' We had the pleasure in my country, Ireland, of having Mr. Mitchell as a special envoy under the Clinton administration for several years, and while he did some good things while there between the opposing sides, please don't confuse his efforts as the main reason for success in the final ceasefire, as there were many other factors in play that contributed to this.

Yet Mr. Mitchell and his new boss would deal with a government who kidnapped a young soldier, Gilead Shalit, and has held him in captivity for over 2 years, and will negotiate in good faith with such people? What legitimate government dose this and gets away with it, and what of the opponents of Hamas, Fatah, will they cuddle up to and be included in a fireside chat with the US, while in turn Mitchell tip toes between the bombs of these 2 groups of lovelies praying not to offend either side ? You couldn't make this stuff up.


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Mitchell in the Middle East [93 words]mollMar 9, 2010 19:34169908
Appoinment of Mitchell [97 words]JACQUES HADIDAFeb 1, 2009 15:02149662
Yes, Jacques has it just about right [52 words]tanargFeb 5, 2009 01:53149662
Israeli's won't be fooled again, this soon [65 words]David PJan 30, 2009 11:46149528
What does "must" mean? [164 words]jzjJan 30, 2009 11:43149527
George Mitchell's Return to Middle East Diplomacy [217 words]Ms. AnneJan 30, 2009 08:33149513
Re peace in Palestine [275 words]SuzanneJan 30, 2009 02:07149505
Obama's folly [83 words]Rebecca MouldsJan 28, 2009 19:11149409
Israel-Arab negotiations [24 words]Flora SamuelsJan 28, 2009 12:55149364
Mitchell, smitchell [23 words]Doug CorriganJan 27, 2009 19:57149293
Mitchel, Smitchel, add Carter who is pro-Palestinian [125 words]Ms. AnneJan 30, 2009 08:42149293
There is a way to Palestinian Israeli peace [217 words]Ken BesigJan 27, 2009 11:04149224
Direct Talks [30 words]FredJan 27, 2009 03:29149203
16th time's the charm [9 words]davidJan 26, 2009 17:41149143
Streets of the Dead [328 words]Stephen HughesJan 26, 2009 17:31149140
George Mitchel -Special Envoy to the Middle East [94 words]vigilantJan 26, 2009 09:55149100
Don't look now, but we are in the Clinton era all over again? [477 words]VigilantFeb 2, 2009 23:36149100
Consider Lincoln's maxim [161 words]Ron ThompsonJan 26, 2009 09:44149097
100 Years of War [17 words]ZentristJan 26, 2009 22:44149097
100 years of War? [301 words]Ron ThompsonJan 27, 2009 17:28149097
George Mitchell and the Girlie Men of Gaza. [339 words]Maura CollinsJan 26, 2009 09:17149094
We should try to think like the Palistinians if peace will ever have a chance [136 words]HenryJan 26, 2009 08:36149091
promises,promises [56 words]leo solomonJan 26, 2009 04:05149075
The basis of the confrontation [40 words]John BergJan 25, 2009 22:24149058
an awareness is not enough [60 words]Steve LieblichJan 25, 2009 21:40149053
Is it going to be a merry-go-round ride or a roller-coaster ride for Mitchell? [83 words]M.D'SouzaJan 25, 2009 21:03149049
At Wit's End [120 words]ZentristJan 25, 2009 20:58149048
The string of failures is coming to an end. [202 words]MelMJan 25, 2009 20:34149047
Deluded... [89 words]donvanJan 28, 2009 21:29149047
More Silliness! [43 words]Richard B.Jan 25, 2009 20:10149045
no values free peacemakers [234 words]rodney allsworthJan 25, 2009 18:29149035
I am curious [129 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Amy KayJan 25, 2009 17:56149034
Israêl, Like a mountain facing the wind [198 words]Simon NéhméJan 25, 2009 17:53149033
Moral equivalence [217 words]John BJan 25, 2009 16:52149030
Mitchell is a Disaster [62 words]Stuart KaufmanJan 25, 2009 16:49149029

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