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March 23, 2003

Can You Get to Palestine From Here?

Or, The Blair Witch Hypocrisy. How Bush may mess over Israel to help Tony. reg req'd for this NY Times article
Seeking support for war, President Bush appeared before the world to describe a new commitment to achieving peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, saying he envisioned a state of Palestine side by side with Israel.

That war was in Afghanistan.

Now a new war is under way, just a Scud-shot away from the conflict here. And right before the fighting began, Mr. Bush appeared in the White House Rose Garden to announce that he was "personally committed" to a diplomatic "road map" toward peace and a Palestinian state in just three years.

This time, the analysts and political leaders say, he really means it.

The reasoning is that President Bush cannot hope to stabilize the region, much less democratize Arab states, so long as the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians endures as a propaganda tool for the likes of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. After the war with Iraq, Arab leaders will demand that President Bush "prove what he can do for peace," Dennis Ross, the former Clinton administration negotiator, wrote last week in The Wall Street Journal.

Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, trying to shore up his political base, desperately sought President Bush's new commitment, and trumpeted it when it came, even as he acknowledged that some might doubt American resolve. "The U.S. is now committed — and, I believe, genuinely — to the road map for peace," he told the House of Commons last week.[more]