Personally, I would be happy to wake up tomorrow morning to learn that some country had dropped the "big one" on Tehran and that that country had joined Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the dustbin of history.
Today on Twitter some miscreant said that, "The U.S., Israel and the U.N. were racist and anti-Muslim".
Since the "tweeter" can write, if Islamists ever should take over his country, he would be one of the first to literally, taste the whip of Islamist control.
One of the problems with the masses of individuals who don't get it, i.e., that the goal of Islam, as enunciated by Mohamed, their "prophet" is to subjugate or convert everyone...or both, isthat they stubbornly refuse to read anything that doesn't support their views.
Barry Rubin is known to be objective and factual, and we are thankful for his expertise.
Barack Hearts Bibi
Barack Hearts Bibi
September 6, 2010
We have entered into a new period of
What is the basis of this new era? When it came to office, the Obama Administration was in radical mode, determined to distance itself from
A measure of reality eventually set in, involving a large number of factors ranging from the lack of Arab cooperation, to
This is not to say that the situation is simple but by September 2010 things are very different. The Obama Administration is desperate for diplomatic successes, or at least the appearance of having them. What’s happening regarding
The U.S. government is also is aware of falling public support--including a sharp decline in Jewish backing though pro-Israel forces extend far more widely throughout American society—on the eve of American elections. In addition, it’s clear that Netanyahu’s government isn’t going away and there is no “dovish” alternative that will give Obama everything he wants for little or nothing in exchange.
So now Obama needs Netanyahu. He needs to keep the new peace talks going and looking good. The president also requires that Netanyahu keep things quiet on the Israel-Palestinian front so as—so he thinks—to make it easier to get Arab and Muslim support for other
The truth is—and this is analysis, not a political statement—Netanyahu and his government, including Defense Minister Ehud Barak, have performed brilliantly in facing this challenge. It has met
This kind of charm diplomacy may be what Netanyahu is best at doing. His speech in
“A brief interlude between two wars…a temporary respite between outbursts of terror. We seek a peace that will end the conflict between us once and for all. We seek a peace that will last for generations.” He called Abbas, “my partner in peace….We recognize that another people share this land with us. And I came here today to find an historic compromise that will enable both peoples to live in peace, security and dignity.”
Netanyahu concluded: “I did not come here to win an argument. I came here to forge a peace. I did not come here to play a blame game where even the winners lose. I came here to achieve a peace that will bring benefits to all. I did not come here to find excuses. I came here to find solutions.”
He made this approach without illusions: “We left
Is the PA going to meet even a single one of
What Israel has to do, though, is to continue to put forward reasonable demands, show itself cooperative and flexible, while letting the months of futile talks roll ever onward. He isn’t threatened by right-wing walk-outs from the coalition, which at any rate will be discouraged by the fact that he isn’t actually giving anything away. At any rate, he controls the Likud; the Labor Party has no alternative; the opposition Kadima has no leadership or program. At some point next year, Netanyahu will call elections and win a resounding mandate.
Abbas will go along with the charades up to a point but increasingly, as he gives nothing himself, will blame
All of this doesn’t mean the administration understands the extent to which Iran’s nuclear weapons pose a big and negative strategic shift in the area, the extent of the threat from revolutionary Islamists, how Iraq is at the brink of political anarchy, the futility of the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, the at least temporary loss of Turkey, the capture of Lebanon by the Iran-Syria bloc, and all the other ills of the Middle East.
But the current
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