In Mideast Strife, Bush Sees a Step To Peace

#1
He's mad, quite mad!

From WP

In the administration's view, the new conflict is not just a crisis to be managed. It is also an opportunity to seriously degrade a big threat in the region, just as Bush believes he is doing in Iraq.

In the administration's view, the new conflict is not just a crisis to be managed. It is also an opportunity to seriously degrade a big threat in the region, just as Bush believes he is doing in Iraq. Israel's crippling of Hezbollah, officials also hope, would complete the work of building a functioning democracy in Lebanon and send a strong message to the Syrian and Iranian backers of Hezbollah.

"The president believes that unless you address the root causes of the violence that has afflicted the Middle East, you cannot forge a lasting peace," said White House counselor Dan Bartlett. "He mourns the loss of every life. Yet out of this tragic development, he believes a moment of clarity has arrived."
Betcha he thinks the Rapture is near!
 
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"The president believes that unless you address the root causes of the violence that has afflicted the Middle East, you cannot forge a lasting peace," said White House counselor Dan Bartlett.
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".
 

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