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Secondary Infections

Ellroon of Rants from the Rookery was the first place I saw this reference to Palestine, and then Juan Cole of Informed Comment had the bulk of the statement up yesterday: King Abdullah II: It’s Palestine, Stupid.

This meshed with a Jimmy Carter interview on Fresh Air with Terry Gross promoting his new book, Palestine – Peace Not Apartheid.

Assassination and natural death has rendered Jimmy Carter the only major figure left among those who once saw how it was possible to achieve peace in the Middle East. Mr. Carter has the standing to push the issue if the current leaders would just call on him to do it. He knows the shape of the possible compromises and isn’t worried about anything except peace.

Abdullah is right, as long as the Palestinian situation continues to be unresolved; there is no hope for long-term peace in the region. It is the festering wound from which the infection spreads.


1 andante { 12.01.06 at 2:16 pm }

If I were Queen of America, the first thing I’d do is appoint a special envoy to the Middle East. And if Jimmy Carter would have the job, he’d be the first, best choice.

I heard that interview. I was especially appalled that the White House wouldn’t let him visit Syria.


2 Bryan { 12.01.06 at 4:29 pm }

He understands the situation and people and his advice is ignored.

His point concerning complaints about the actions of the Israeli government being considered out of bounds in the US, ignoring the opinion of a large portion of the Israeli population, was spot on. Opposing the policies of a government is not criticizing a country or its people. I would certainly hope the world understands the difference between our government and the people of the US.