Thoughts on the Middle East summit
Hey, the figurehead president (Bush) and I agree on something. I'm cautiously optimistic too about the Middle Eastern nations' summit the US is sponsoring. I am cautiously optimistic because these nations' leaders know how incompetent and craven this administration is, so maybe they are thinking to themselves, "You know, we might as well do this peace talking ourselves. The US leadership is sooooo pathetic these days." Really. I am cautiously optimistic about this, and wish these nations' leaders would take some chances for peaceful overtures to each other. They might be happily surprised at the answers.
Yossi Beilin agrees with me, and not for the first time.
Yossi would likely laugh at this statement from Hamas (i.e. that Abbas is a traitor and that Hamas will not abide by any peace agreement), and say this shows how the majority of Hamas' leadership is deathly afraid of peace above all else.
Olmert is also so low in the polls in Israel, and so much a lame duck, that he now has nothing to lose by trying to create a peace settlement with Abbas and maybe somebody from Hamas, eventually. I see it this way: When oppression and war fails, you might as well try peace.
Yes, I am cautiously optimistic about this summit. More than I've been in a long time. Let's hope Bush stays on the side lines and lets Condi walk through this--and let the Middle Eastern nation leaders take the initiative themselves.
ADDENDUM AND UPDATE: My, my, aren't Hamas and the current leader of Iran a nervous bunch? They make threats because they are afraid a peace agreement might occur, and that worse for them, people in the streets in Gaza and the West Bank, as well as in Israel, will rejoice. I'm at work and I couldn't link, but I couldn't resist this one!
MUCH LATER IN THE EVENING: Okay, now I'm home and here is a link about Iran and Hamas blasting the peace conference.