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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Shock!! Horror!!

Christopher Hitchens talking sense!

As long as things like the murders today, or the kidnappings recently go on, and as long as the wall continues to be built, and takes away even more and more Palestinian land which is illegal, and as long as the settlements continue to be built, which is also illegal, and the Jewish-only roads across the Palestinian territories are...both sides are going to assume that they're completely justified in what they do. And with all nationalisms and rival religions, they will have that energy, that feeling. Here's the thing that should preoccupy your audience, and you, sir. The United States of America is the patron and armorer of one side in this dispute, and was for some time, the patron and paymaster also of the Arafat regime in Gaza. And it has been stated repeatedly by the President, at the United Nations, and before Congress and elsewhere, that it is the policy of the United States to ensure that there be two states with equal rights, and self-determination for both sides. That's the problem. At the present moment, that is the note that is not heard in this discussion. It appears that the U.S. government has more or less nothing to say except in commenting and calling for restraint on each side, day by day. That's absolutely useless. That's what Sweden might say, or Iceland might say. We are the relevant superpower. We have covered ourselves with gigantic responsibility in this case, and we're not living up to it. That's what the political crisis is, from my point of view.
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