The ongoing complaint of this blog is lack of a foreign policy on the part of the United States of America that goes beyond handling the current crisis of the day. Since the invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and that of Iraq in 2003, American foreign policy essentially is based on the premise that our nation does not like bad people. We got rid of the bad Taliban, then we got rid of the bad Saddam Hussein, then we got rid of the bad Libyan dictator Gaddafi because he was bad–at least for this moment. America does not like Chinese leaders because they are dictatorial, but we DO like dictators in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt. I assume they are among the “good dictators.” The only clear aspect of US foreign policy over the past decade is our concern for “dictators.” Of course, even though we are against dictators, we really mean “some dictators.” From 1946 until 1991, American foreign policy was based on the theory of Çontainment. In the end, the Soviet Union imploded, and Çontainment wound up proving accurate as a foreign policy.
What then can be a foreign policy for the Middle East?
1. Our goal should be creation of a Mediterranean Union that includes all nations in the region.
2. Creation of the MU should not be predicated on the assumption that all nations participating in the Union were, at this moment, democracies.
3. Our goal should be an Israel agreement with Palestinian leaders that results in formation of an independent state of Palestine which governs 95% of the existing West Bank and Gaza.
4. The US should take the lead in creating a modern Marshall Plan for the MU to stimulate economic development.
These four goals have nothing to do with democracy. The end result of this policy would be peace in the region and economic development. Period!
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The topic of, “who is to blame for the carnage in Gaza” undoubtedly will be a major source of discussion and the media in the coming days, weeks, and months. Who fired the first shot? Or, who began the slaughter of the innocent? In reality, those who support Palestinians will blame Israel, and Israel will blame Hamas. Frankly, at this point such discussion engages people in the wrong issue at the wrong time. The only issue at this juncture is to end the slaughter of the innocent. There was a 72 hour ceasefire which was designed to lower anger as well as lower the number killed and wounded. So, what do Hamas soldiers do? They decide to attack Israel soldiers and kidnap one. Another example of the ineptness of Hamas leaders. Once gaining control of Gaza they should have focused their entire energy into transforming this piece of desert into a thriving community. A leader of Hamas has only one thing on his agenda–fighting and killing Israelis and destroying Israel.
At no point do Hamas leaders inhabit the world of reality. Israel will not disappear. Hey fellow, Israel has ATOMIC BOMBS. Do you jokers doubt for a moment that an Israeli government confronted with destruction would avoid using those weapons of mass destruction? The nightmare for Hamas is that Israel WOULD be confronted with losing. Such an event would result in mass destruction of Hamas and all living in Gaza. It is time for those who lead Hamas to wake up to reality. Israel is here to stay. You guys have no such guarantee. Switch from weapons of destruction to weapons of economics. Create a modern economically successful Gazas and Muslims will flock to your banner.
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