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April 04, 2003

Talk about gobbledygook

According to Reuters, Powell tells European leaders U.S. serious about 'road map'

But the article is so contradictory that it is incomprehensible.

Apparently Powell told the Europeans that the US could not impose the plan but also told them the United States intended to promote the plan "as it is" without amendments by either side.
But Powell added: "Please understand that it can't just be issued and magical things happen, and it's not going to be just imposed," said the senior official, who asked not to be named.

"It's going to take a heck of a lot of work to get the sides to implement the road map but President Bush has committed to work very hard," the official quoted Powell as saying.

Speaking in public later, Powell said the Israelis and Palestinians will have an opportunity to comment and talk to each other about the plan when they receive it.

"And we are ready to engage in a very, very comprehensive and forceful way," he told a news conference. He did not say whether the sides could amend the plan.
Now let me see. No one has yet said that we must accept it. Good. I hope, Also the fact that it won't be imposed is terrific. But apparently he believes that the US must do a lot of work to get both sides to implement it. What, pray tell, does that mean? How are they going to get Israel to implement it if it doesn't like it and if the Plan won't be imposed. Another question. What the hell is the Road Map. Is it just a set of principals that are not agreed to by the parties themselves. Or are they first going to force Israel to agree to it But they said they wouldn't force us. Very confusing

But here is the kicker, Powell says "And we are ready to engage in a very, very comprehensive and forceful way". I keep hearing two words "issued" and "implemented" from Powell but no one uses the word "accepted".

Finally, Powell and others said "settlement activity must end". Does this refer to building in the settlements of living in the settlements? Any one know?

Do you get my drift? Are you any smarter now?