Friday, September 08, 2006

A warning

Time Magazine with King Abdullah II of Jordan:
But his natural ebullience masked an uncharacteristic inner gloom that deepened this summer when the Middle East was plunged into yet another conflict with the Israeli-Hizballah war in Lebanon.

As the 44-year-old monarch settled into a stuffed sofa for a 1-hour TIME interview for a story to appear in the coming week's magazine, he drew a dark picture of a region consumed by conflicts old and new, threatened by emerging Sunni-Shiite tensions and at risk of being completely destabilized if the U.S. attacks Iran. "I believe the Lebanese war dramatically opened all our eyes to the fact that if we don't solve the Palestinian issue, the future looks pretty bleak for the Middle East," he said. "I'm one of the most optimistic people you'll come across. For the first time, I started becoming pessimistic towards the region."

Without urgent diplomatic efforts that yield tangible results to achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians, "I don't think there will ever be a Palestinian state," he said. "By 2007, if we don't see something that reassures all of us--the international community, the Israelis, the Arabs and the Palestinians--then I think we are doomed to another decade or decades of violence between Israelis and Arabs, which affects everybody."


Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

Hi CE,

I think you should consider supporting the Jim Webb senatorial campaign in Virginia.

Jim Webb quit the Republican Party in the early 1990s, after clashing with the staunchly pro-Israel “Neo-conservative” ideologues he viewed as enemies of America and the West.

The fact he’s running against George Felix Allen, a self-declared friend of the Israeli fascist far-right and a staunch supporter of President Bush’s neo-colonial wars of aggression can only endear him to us!

Over the past decade, the White House, the Pentagon and Congress have become mere Middle-Eastern-occupied Bantustans with the kings of Israel and Saudi Arabia calling the shots…

Clearly, it’s “time we got our country back [and] on track”.

So join me in supporting the Virginian maverick...and add a link to the Jim Webb site (no pun intended!)

5:45 AM  
Blogger Dr Victorino de la Vega said...

I've donated to his campaign. More donations are likely this fall. I'll add a link sometime this week. [Copy Editor a.k.a. “Da Man” in Kingston]

C.E. you’re my hero!

Muchísimas gracias por tu ayuda as we brown macaques like to say!

9:07 PM  

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