In Mideast Strife, Bush Sees a Step To Peace

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by castlereagh, Jul 21, 2006.

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  1. He's mad, quite mad!

    From WP

    Betcha he thinks the Rapture is near!
  2. Condi said its the 'birth pangs' of a new Middle East, thought that was after Iraq though...
  3. Firstly you've got to identify the root causes correctly.

    Will he start with Truman steam-rollering the creation of Israel in 1947 in a fashion that displaced the indiginous Palestinians from their homes, industry, farms and lines of communication? I found a web page that listed the effects of the displacement (and subsequently can't find it again, so sorry, no link) that listed along the lines of (from memory):

    Partition of Palestine: 45% of land to Palestinians, 55% to Israel although the relative populations were something like 70% Palestinian, 30% Israeli. Housing was predominantly within the newly formed Israel. By 1949, Palestinians only had 23% of the land.
    Industry: 90% of existing industry within the newly formed Israel.
    Farming: 100% of existing orange groves within the newly formed Israel.
    Communication: Cutting off of land routes from the new Palestine to foreign suppliers of grain. Isolating the main ports from the Palestinian road network.

    And the US supplying (or at least allowing the supply from US) of arms and munitions used by the Israelis to massacre Palestinians in the immediate aftermath of the creation of Israel as they began forcible removal operations (half of the population within Israel was Palestinian).

    These events remain within living history of many of the Palestinians. It will be interesting to see how Bush is going to address the "root cause".