Paul Eisen

Paul Eisen

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Is Middle East Peace a Mirage? by Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan seems to have the new realities facing the Israelis just about right.

The Israelis have to change and, in my view, the only real question is, how much bloodshd will there be? And the answer is: that will depend on the Israelis and Jewish leaders.

Can they do it? Well, history would tell us no 
(See here , here and here)...But you never know
 


With the truce in the week-long Gaza war, Barack Obama is being prompted by right and left to re-engage and renew U.S. efforts to solve the core question of Middle East peace.

Before he gets reinvolved in peacemaking, our once-burned president should ask himself some hard questions.

Is real peace between Palestinians and Israelis even possible?

Is there any treaty that could be agreed to, or imposed, that would be acceptable to Israel and the Palestinian Authority on the West Bank, let alone to Hamas, which has emerged from its defiance of one of the most intensive bombardments of modern time with new prestige?

What are the obvious impediments to such a treaty?

First, Bibi Netanyahu, who has presided over the expansion of Israel settlements and joined Avigdor Lieberman, a supporter of ethnic cleansing of Israeli Arabs, in a coalition of the Israeli hard right.

Would Bibi agree to a treaty that required removal of scores of thousands of Israeli settlers from Judea and Samaria, when he opposed Ariel Sharon's withdrawal of a few thousand settlers from Gaza?

Would Bibi agree to Jerusalem becoming the capital of Palestine as well as Israel, a non-negotiable demand of Arab nations?

Could a Palestinian Authority that gives up all rights to Jerusalem survive?

A second roadblock is the correlation of forces in Washington.

Should Obama begin to pressure Israel to remove settlers from the West Bank and accept a Palestinian capital in Jerusalem, he would ignite a firestorm among evangelical Christians, the Israeli Lobby, the neocons and a Congress that, not long ago, gave Bibi 29 standing ovations after he dressed-down Barack Obama right in the Oval Office.

Obama has acquired much political capital with his election victory, but not that much.

In a Bibi-Barack face-off over settlements and Jerusalem, with whom would ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Democrats looking to 2016 stand? As for the Republicans, we already know. Their policy on Israel: "No daylight between us," and, "We've got your back."

A third impediment is the altered environment between Israel and a newly radicalized Middle East.

Israel now looks north to a Lebanon where Hezbollah possesses more and better rockets than the metal-shop jobs Hamas fired off. Beyond lies a powerful Turkey whose prime minister just declared Israel a "terrorist" state.

To the northeast lies Syria, where the 40-year truce on the Golan is unlikely to last after Bashar al-Assad falls and is replaced by a Sunni regime rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood, or becomes a failed state saturated with jihadists and loose chemical weapons.

To the east lies Jordan, wracked by riots, a monarchy that looks to be a candidate for an Arab Spring uprising.

To the south and west are Hamas, a Sinai that is a no man's land, and an Egypt dominated by the Brotherhood, millions of whose people would like to see the Israeli peace treaty trashed.

Israel is as isolated as she has been in a region that is more hostile to her presence than perhaps at any time since the war of '48.

The time of Yitzhak Rabin, when Israel had treaties with Egypt and Jordan and had entered into the Oslo Accords with Yasser Arafat's PLO, seems ancient history. Looking back, with the Rabin assassination and Netanyahu accession, the window that appeared to be open may have closed for good.

Israelis appear now to have entrusted their future to a U.S.-guaranteed military superiority — F-16s, smart bombs and an Iron Dome missile defense — rather than peace talks and parchment.

Which is their call. But what of us? What do we have to show for decades of involvement in the Middle East?

Despite our "liberation" of Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya at a cost of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, despite plunging hundreds of billions into foreign aid, America's influence has never been lower.

Hillary Clinton, who cut off her Asian tour to fly to Israel and Egypt, was a bystander in brokering the truce. She is not even allowed to talk to Hamas. For we have designated Hamas a terrorist organization.

Astonishing. What was Joe Stalin when Harry Truman talked with him at Potsdam? What was Nikita Khrushchev when Ike invited the "Butcher of Budapest" to Camp David? What was Chairman Mao when Richard Nixon toasted him in Beijing in 1972?

We tie our own hands and wonder why we cannot succeed.

Today, as Obama is being pushed toward another futile round of peacemaking in the Mideast, prodded to intervene in the ethnic-civil-sectarian war in Syria and goaded to draw a "red line" for war on Iran, he should ask himself:

How would America's vital interests be imperiled by staying out of this particular quarrel, conflict or war? Why are all of these crises somehow ours to resolve? What are the odds that we can resolve them?

We are out of Iraq, and leaving Afghanistan by 2014. Should we go back in, or as Obama pledged, do our "nation-building" here at home?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of "Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?" To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

4 comments:

  1. Furthermore, in the context of shifting balance of power, the rest of the world begins slowly to wake up to the truth, and the Muslim world will certainly not remain lethargic forever.

    People of the world are opening their eyes to the alarming level of zionist infiltration in their own affairs; governments manipulations, media control, financial corruption It is not going to be a pleasant reckoning.

    Moreover, the truth about the catastrophic, supremacist, genocidal Talmudic ideologies only just began to “leak” out and to attract the attention of truth-seekers, despite the fact that some who are infatuated with the “chosen”, continue to dance around these facts while looking the other way, or worse, they try to obfuscate the dangers and the horrors inherent in such extreme Jewish ideologies by pointing their finger instead at what they call “Islamic extremism”.

    As the world wakes up to all this, it will become evident that in order for justice and human rights to have any meaning, there need to be a global stance against the zionist monster.

    Unrelenting Judeo-zionist blackmail of mass genocide and world annihilation, will not bring them much support, but rather bring the world to stand up like the brave Palestinians and STOP this madness once and for all.

    Indubitably, the world will regurgitate those who drive for its annihilation, Samson-ists and Armageddon-ists. The world will unite and rid itself of this Frankenstein.


    In the end, zionists and their associates will not find many to shed tears for them, nor will they find many open doors to welcome them. The only open doors will be the EXIT doors of expulsion out of Palestine.

    With patience, steadfastness and time (and Palestinians have lots of all that) it becomes evident that the only possible outcome is the unconditional, FULL LIBERATION of Palestine!. It is only a matter of time.

    Zionist occupiers need to start preparing their second passports, and search for an EXIT, a WAY OUT of Palestine. they need to try to find a place on this planet (I have difficulties finding a place for them) that would accept to take them, HUMILIATED, SUBDUED, DEFEATED and REPENTANT.

    They should start worrying about the lawsuits that will chase them to the end of the world demanding their prosecution and the restoration of all that which they have destroyed and stolen AND the compensation paid to ALL those who suffered from the Frankenstein creation of the racist Zionist entity.

    Palestinian are entitled to use strategies of their choice to achieve their goals, by ALL means they deem necessary to LIBERATE their Homeland.

    Finally, I repeat again Paul, don't waste your breath. TIME OUT/ GAME OVER.
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  2. I probably wouldn't put it all quite like that but I agree with every word you've said.

    But Nahida, why am I asting my breath? I say what you say - I just, in addition, ask and hope for some compassion and mercy

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  3. Apologies to Hahida, but for some reason the last past of her commrnt didn't come out.

    I'll post it in the next comment.

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  4. FINAL PART OF NAHIDA'S COMMENT
    During the almost a century time, since they began to invade Palestine, the Judeo-Zionists would have had enough time to begin to notice their own crimes, and begin to exhibit signs of remorse, of respect and willingness to behave like decent human beings. Had they embraced the hospitable people of Palestine, rather than methodically annihilating them they might have had a chance to be accepted and forgiven.

    Not any more, as far as, I am concerned, they have lost that opportunity.

    There are many reasons that prevents from from recognizing there errors and their fatal mistakes:

    1) Their unmatched ARROGANCE (their indoctrination into the delusion of their "chosennes", "specialness" and "exclusivity".

    2) Their ceaseless, never-ending, ever increasing crimes, which blocks their conscience and creates a psychopaths out of them. Committing crimes makes people cross a barrier a threshold, beyond which return to normal behaviour is extremely difficult.

    3) their ideology which rationalizes to them evil and deludes them that whatever a Jew does is good, (they are a "nation of priests", "light unto the nations", "leaders of mankind", thus causing utter and total moral-blindness, and hinders them from the ability to distinguish right from wrong.

    4) Their lacking of the ability to empathize with the "other", again because of their indoctrination to view the goyim as inferior, not worthy of their compassion, not intelligent enough to know what is good, and not moral enough to give advice to the "chosen", hence they categorically refuse to engage in any honest, meaningful and sincere dialogue.

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