Sunday, March 18, 2007

US Attempts Radical New Approach With Palestine

RUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States said on Sunday its ban on direct aid to the Palestinian government would remain in place but it broke ranks with Israel by authorizing contacts with some members of the new unity administration.

The U.S. consulate in Jerusalem said Washington would continue to shun Hamas ministers in the power-sharing Palestinian cabinet but permit contacts with non-Hamas members on a case-by-case basis.

The decision to allow some contacts marked a shift in U.S. policy and a split with Israel, which said it would boycott the new government in its entirety, including non-Hamas ministers.

That is very white of us. Because of course, economic sanctions have worked so well in the past to make countries love us. I mean take a look at Cuba for example. The policy will work as soon as we can pay off Castro's doctors.

The people of Palestine voted for Hamas. I disagreed with their decision, but the choice was theirs to make. They took the unprecedented step of actually compromising, and allowing some powersharing with Fatah that lost the election. What more do we want here exactly? A revote? Best two out of three?

Do we honestly think that several more years of living in squalor is going to teach the Palestinians a lesson and they will embrace us for giving them the tough love they needed? What is the objective of this policy? Where in the past has following this policy produced the results that are desired? Or are these the actual desired results? More conflict in Israel and Palestine means more unstable mideast which helps keep oil prices high. You don't have to be a radical conspiracy theorist to believe that the Bush administration is doing about everything in it's power to destabilize the region. Incompetence or Evil?