The warning game is being played in the Middle East as Secretary of State Condi Rice warned Hamas that acts of violence only damaged the cause of Palestinians.”I sincerely hope that there will not be a resumption of the violence because that is not going to help the people of Gaza. United Nations Secretary General Ban ki-moon urged rocket attacks to cease and called upon both sides to cooperate. A spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry urged Israel to be more flexible about opening the Gaza crossings while urging Hamas to avoid rocket attacks.
President Bush told reporters we’ve “made a good deal of progress” in the Middle East while Israeli officials insisted there could not be a half truce,but there must be an end to rocket attacks.
The only conclusion any reasonable person could make is that everyone is “urging peace” but no one has the slightest interest in actually bringing about peace. Of course, people have been “urging peace” for almost half a century.
Secretary of State Condi Rice is in Georgia where she is dealing with the complex issues raised by events in that region of the world. On one hand, the United States is working to get Russia out of Georgia and restore conditions to what they were before fighting broke out in the area, but, on the other hand, Rice must deal with actions of the government of Georgia which created the present situation. The United States is assuring Georgia it will not be forced to accept any decisions which run counter to its self interests. However, there is a difference between what Georgia views what should be done in the region and what most Western nations are willing to accept.
President Saakashvili thundered to the world that “Russia’s invasion of Georgia strikes at the heart of western values” and to allow it sends a message that authoritarian government can exist anywhere. However, he initiated the war because of a desire to impose Georgia’s will upon South Ossetia. The West supports Kosovo’s decision to breakaway from Serbia which places it in a dilemma. Does South Ossetia have the right to breakaway from Georgia if that is the will of its people?
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