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Friday, April 16, 2004


On the most recent Charlie Rose Yossi Beilin of Yahad (and the Geneva amateur agreements) argued that the real problem with the Gaza withdrawal is that it's unilateral and not negotiated with the Palestinians. To which I respond, Are you on drugs? What makes you think any Palestinian representative (pick one) either can or will negotiate? (That is, negotiation as a path to an actual enforceable agreement, rather than as hudna, a time to talk while others rearm for the next attack.) Clearly, a triumph of hope over experience. It must have taken Charlie's producer some calls to track down an Israeli who still believes there actually is a peace process.

It occurs to me that one of the things Bush is hated for is his refusal to nod to the polite fictions that pervade international diplomacy. Examples:
That Kyoto had a snowball's chance of Senate ratification (or, it increasingly appears, European implementation).

That the Palestinians are either willing or able to agree to a true peace with Israel.

That the UN is either willing or able to do peacemaking or build democracy in Iraq (or elsewhere).

That NATO has a role beyond intra-European peacekeeping.

That France is an ally.
None of these propositions is true. But continuing to act and speak as if they were keeps the gears of international law from seizing up. They are also articles of faith to the transnational left and to significant interest groups in the Democratic party.

He continues to parrot some diplomatic untruths, of course:
That Saudi Arabia is not an enemy.

That Islam is a religion of peace.
But that's for another day.

posted by Kelly | 9:49 PM link