Bush wants Ariel Sharon to stop doing what George Bush has been
doing for the past six months – using force to crush his enemies.
Doesn't Bush realize that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?
petulance at Sharon for not following Bush's orders indicates that
Mr. Bush now believes he's President of the World – and everyone
is expected to obey his commands.
does have good reason to be surprised at Sharon's disobedience,
however. After all, your tax money has successfully bribed the leaders
of Pakistan, the Philippines, and other countries into changing
their policies. Why hasn't it bought Israel's obedience as well?
America Should Do
America have a duty to help Israel?
course not. Our Constitution authorizes our government only to defend
America – not the rest of the world or any part of it.
if America is determined to help Israel, the first step should be
to stop arming Israel's enemies. Your money has gone to the
dictators of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Egypt,
Jordan, and other Arab countries. Should we be surprised that some
of that money was used to buy military power to attack Israel? Should
we be surprised that some of the money is funding Yasser Arafat?
making Israel's enemies so powerful, our leaders have the perfect
excuse to run to Israel's aid.
this is nothing new. The same routine is used by our government
at home – causing problems and then running to the rescue in education,
health care, charity, farming, business, and most other areas of
society. Government is good at one thing: it knows how to break
your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, "See, if it weren't
for the government, you wouldn't be able to walk."
Colin Powell is supposed to negotiate a Middle-East peace – in the
great tradition of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, who brought peace
to the Middle East so many times.
me something: If you and I had a business relationship and disagreed
about the meaning of our contract, would you want Colin Powell,
Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, or even George Bush to mediate the dispute?
doubt it. We'd look for someone who's a professional mediator –
someone with a record of helping people arrive at lasting settlements.
Why would anyone want George Bush or Colin Powell to mediate?
answer is simple: Make an agreement dictated by the U.S. government
and you get a big hunk of money from the U.S. taxpayers. You don't
have to abide by the agreement; just pose for a photo-op with Colin
Powell or George Bush and the money is yours.
most mediations, the parties involved pay the mediator. Only with
American foreign policy does the mediator pay the parties.
Middle Eastern crisis was born in turmoil at the end of World War
II, as the Great Powers imposed by force a "solution"
that told people where they should live. Such a situation is bound
to remain a setting for violence and hatred – for resentments that
will last hundreds of years. How could we expect it to be otherwise?
yet, there actually is a solution possible – one that would allow
Israelis and Palestinians access to their holy sites, one that would
end disputes over territory, one that would permit all sides to
live in peace without fear of each other.
answer is to create a new nation in the area now comprising Israel
and west Jordan. Name it anything you want.
make sure that its government is Constitutionally limited to little
more than the defense of the nation. Allow people to buy any property
that's for sale. Allow people the freedom to worship in whatever
way they want. Make sure the holy sites are operated by churches,
rather than government agencies, so they're open to everyone.
other words, make sure that no group can impose its way by force
on any other group. No one living in such a country would be deprived
of anything he's willing to earn, and no one would have anything
to fear from others.
such a solution too idealistic? Well, it worked for nearly a century
in America. Too bad our ancestors discarded it. If they hadn't,
it might be more obvious to people in the Middle East that this
is the solution they need.
there's no chance that anyone with any authority – Israeli, Palestinian,
or American – would agree to this solution. It takes all the power
away from the leaders.
since our politicians have no regard for constitutional limits,
we can't expect them to suggest such a solution to others.
we can expect the following headline on a newspaper in the year
East Violence Continues"