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Reader comment on item: Middle East Debate: Should Washington Actively Promote an Israeli-Palestinian Peace Settlement?

Submitted by John W. McGinley (United States), May 11, 2003 at 14:43

What's going on now is just a terrible nightmare. As though NOTHING AT ALL was learned from the "peace process" obtaining from 1993 to Sept of 2000. It is really tragic. The villian in the process is a man I very much admire. President Bush. He is SO hung up in trying to persuade the world and the Arabs in particular that his war on terrorism is not a war on Islam that he doesn't trust that this is already self-evident except in those circles which already hte the United States. So he figures he must "prove" his `good faith' with this "roadmap" deal. It really is tragic. For me, Pipes is boringly accurate. But most people don't see it that way, so I guess it's not boring. The Palestinians must be defeated into giving up the crazy dream that they can get rid of Israel. It just ain't goin' happen. The Sharon government is about twelve to eighteen months away from this happy outcome which, as Pipes repeatedly points out, will benefit the Plaestinaians more than anyone else. The "roadmap" business will simply be a regression of the worst sort and, eventually, a most tragic regression. Further, it will significantly HURT rather than help the interests of the United States. Can anyone get the attention of the President on this? Did someone whisper "Condoleeza Rice?" thanks for listening.

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