I’ve got a serious problem.
A big, huge, Bolt Vanderhuge size problem.
I…I am actually in defense of Bush (even in support of him) with his Roadmap to Peace process. Now, we all know how rare it is that I actually find Bush doing something that I enjoy (besides struggling with the English language), but it’s hard to criticize the man for what he’s trying to do with Israel and Palestine. He’s the last President since Carter to actually have the cahones enough to get down and dirty and face off against Israel.
Maybe this is the advantage of being a Republican. You’re not going to get the Jewish vote anyway, so stick it to Israel and let the weak spined democrats fritter and waste their presidencies not helping the situation any.
Anyway, he put forth a plan that basically looks like this: Hey Israel. Quit dicking around. I mean it. Sincerely, President George W. Bush.
This is different from the typical plan, that says this: Hey Israel. Maybe do you want to think about trying not to do the stuff that you are probably always doing? I mean, we’re not trying to bad-mouth you or anything, but, you know…aw shucks. I can’t stay mad at you. Signed, President Clinton.
So President Bush is doing something spectacularly good for once, and who’s trying to fuck it up? The people who need this plan to work more than anybody: the Israelis and the Palestinians.
Israelis are being murdered in the streets, in their homes, in their shopping malls. Palestinians are being murdered in their hovels, they’re being moved into camps, they’re losing an entire generation of youth to senseless violence. The cycle really does need to stop somewhere, and even if it stops with Bush (and he comes away with a nice shiny Nobel prize) I’ll be jubilant. I’m willing to put aside partisan silliness for an actual fair, lasting peace in Israel and Palestine (not to mention a Palestinian homeland).
The things that aren’t helping the process: again, Israelis and Palestinians. The Israeli right, besides Sharon (which is odd) is against this plan, saying that the arab nations are going to swarm in and rape their babies, even though this argument no longer makes sense. The Israeli left is for the plan, but they’re against Sharon, so they don’t know what to do. The Israeli settlers are ready to blow themselves up to kill Sharon, because they’re still convinced that this land belongs to them because…ahem…God gave it to them.
The Palestinians don’t have much to say on the matter, because they’re not exactly in a position to make a call on this, but I have a few minor suggestions to make sure the plan goes through on the Palestinian side at least.
First, build the world’s biggest catapult, maybe even trebuchet. Second, get Yassir Arafat. Third, place him on said trebuchet. Fourth, launch him into lower orbit. Repeat with Hamas.
I realize Hamas does some good things, but they do these good things with a motive. Sure they distribute food, but they also recruit kids to blow themselves up in the name of Allah the…ahem…Merciful.
Yassir Arafat however is a jerk. He should go back to being a civil engineer, like he said he would do, because he’s not a president. He’s a revolutionary. It’s hard to make the transition…
I’ve said since the beginning that their movement should be one of marked non-violence, although that’s kind of hard in the face of sweeping purges and slaughters spanning from 1948 to 1968, when the world finally realized that Israel was drunk with power.
Still, I think the difference between a supporter of a Palestinian homeland and the supporter of Israel is this: the ability to look past the murderous violence of the Palestinian side and see just how down and out their people really are. It’s not hard to sympathize with a group that has been put out of their homes and chased into oppression. It’s also sensible on this side of the argument to say: hey…Palestinian Authority, stop bitching about a missile attack that killed a leading member of Hamas’ military wing.
I don’t know. What do you think?