The author of the article is Hollis Armstrong and the article can be found here.
Titled "The Peace Process to Hell: Bad Foreign Policy is Precursor to Disaster", the author argues that there can not be peace in that the Palestinian Authority is not prepared to grant Israel the right to exist, pace former President Jimmy Carter.
While the aim may be laudable in principle, it is flawed from beginning to end. In what is perceived as a possible peace framework, every president since Jimmy Carter has overlooked or ignored the realities of the region, and the true character of the people most critically affected by the outcome. By accepting the 'Palestinian' leadership as a viable and honest partner in the process, American administrations have not only entered a no win situation, but endangered the lives of millions of civilians in the region.On the other hand, Hamas does not see itself subject to the authority of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority. Thus, they see themselves and Gaza as outside the ongoing process in DC this week.
Ironically, our government's total lack of understanding of the dynamics of Middle Eastern culture and their impact on the potential for successful peace talks has led not to peace, but to war. Each time a new administration opens a new round of peace talks, the stakes get higher and the cost of peace - in human terms - gets higher and increasingly bloody.
Last night, on the eve of the newest 'peace talks' in Washington, the blood has already begun to flow. Two Israeli couples, including a pregnant woman, traveling in a private car near the town of Kiryat Arba, were shot to death, and their bullet-ridden bodies were thrown onto the street by Palestinian terrorists. Abu Obeida, spokesman for Hamas' military wing, told The Associated Press late Tuesday that Hamas carried out the attack.
I am temporarily out of ideas?
Anyone out there with any ideas on this topic?
Does anyone think the efforts in DC this week will bring success?
Does anyone think that this is not important to resolving
larger issues in this world.
Regards — Cliff
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