Monday, March 07, 2005

Mid-East Peace.
Shall we thank Michael Jackson?

The Bush administration is known for its reluctance to admit mistakes. They'll never take responsibility when things go wrong, but when something good happens, gangway!

The bumbling press is stepping up to give Bush credit for the pro-democratic transformations taking place in the Middle-East. It's hard to believe that the press is capable of such infantile analysis. The Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon and the revival of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process have more to do with the Michael Jackson trial than they do with Bush's foreign policy.

The Syrian pull-out is the direct result of the assassination of Lebanon's popular Rafik Hariri. Whether or not Syria is responsible for the car bombing, the Lebanese people hold them so. It is this popular uprising combined with world condemnation that is spurring the Syrian withdrawal. Bush's Iraq policy has nothing to do with the withdrawal proposal, but, however, his belligerency threatens it. Why is it that at the very moment Syria decides to withdraw, Bush steps up the rhetoric? This kind of policy doesn't even work on house pets.

Meanwhile, the progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks is the result of Yassir Arafat's departure from the scene. Arafat was corrupt and blocked the peace process for many years. Now that he is out of the picture, progress is being made. None of this activity has anything to do with recent U.S. action in the region. In fact, with U.S. credibility as a peace broker destroyed by Bush, the U.S. has been forced to watch peace negatiations from afar.

Bush's policies have been and still are a failure. He deserves no credit for progress made in spite of his klutzy foreign policy.

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