Thursday, April 15, 2010

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The syrian drought

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 04:20 AM PDT

There's more about Syria's transfer of Scuds to Hezbollah. (via memeorandum) The New York Times mentions this at the end: In a news analysis in Wednesday's left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, two military writers, Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff, speculated that the Syrians were making the missile transfer because while they might want to trade the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights for peace, "they do not sense that there is a genuine Israeli partner with whom they can reach agreement." "Thus they prefer to bolster deterrence," they wrote, "which will prevent Israel from once again striking their territory, as it did in September 2007."...

Step back or push ahead?

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 03:39 AM PDT

At the end of his news conference the other day, President Obama said: And I remain committed to being a partner with countries around the world, and in particular hot spots around the world, to see if we can reduce those tensions and ultimately resolve those conflicts. And the Middle East would be a prime example. I think that the need for peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the Arab states remains as critical as ever. It is a very hard thing to do. And I know that even if we are applying all of our political capital to that...

Obama's Oxymoron-Building Measures In The Middle East

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 01:01 AM PDT

Does anyone else think this sounds odd--U.S. President Barack Obama has told French President Nicolas Sarkozy that he is determined to keep the pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to renew peace talks and implement confidence-building measures. Obama made his comments despite potential political damage at home ahead of the mid-term congressional elections in November.If these measures are forced and not done willingly, just how are they "confidence building"Maybe Obama meant concessions: but then again, we already know that it is only Israel--and not Abbas--which makes concessions.Or maybe he did mean confidence-building measures: to build confidence in the Palestinian Arabs that Obama can and will extract...

A Real Poll--For Those Who Insist On Using Unnamed Polls About Prospects For Peace In the Middle East

Posted: 15 Apr 2010 12:14 AM PDT

From an interview then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had with Cal Thomas back in October 2006:QUESTION: I'd like to know what evidence you have -- I read, and I know you do and a lot more than I do, the sermons, the editorials in the Middle East, the right of return idea, which a lot of people think is just basically overwhelming for a Jewish population with millions and millions of Arabs in the so-called Diaspora. What evidence do you have that teaching their schoolchildren at the ages of four and five to be martyrs, to show up in their little...

Blogging opportunity

Posted: 14 Apr 2010 11:00 AM PDT

Meryl's looking for some new co-bloggers. And she's offering to pay them double what she pays Snoopy and me....

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