Friday, September 15, 2006

And Now For Something Completely Different

For those that think "getting along" with the rest of the world is the highest goal, an article by Tanvir Ahmad Khan, former foreign secretary and ambassador of Pakistan, reveals how difficult it is to "get along" with someone wearing a virtual reality headpiece.

He celebrates the union of Fatah and Hamas in Lebanon after "Israel's brutal invasion" and states:
colonisation of Palestine remains the principal object of this status. Ehud Olmert's convergence plan represented a vital state in this process which also needed neutralisation of Hamas and Hezbollah. The Olmert plan was designed to achieve territorial expansion and fail-safe national security in a single political manoeuvre.

As to President Abbas' failure to disarm Hamas, Ahmad Khan, believes it comes from President Abbas' "recognition of Hamas' role in crafting a more effective Arab negotiating stance in the days ahead." Ahman Khan continues in this virtual reality by declaring that Abbas "knows only too well how Israel turned the Oslo agreement into a process for unreciprocated Arab concessions in the quest for final status talks."
Ahmad Khan then breathlessly proclaims:
A new and robust partnership between Fatah and Hamas demolishes the Israeli myth that there is no credible interlocutor on the Palestinian side. It will also be a necessary hedge against pressures for unilateral Arab concessions.

At the same time, this partnership (between Hamas and Fatah) offers by far the best opportunity for Hamas to separate what can be pragmatically done at this delicate juncture of history and what is better left to another time, another generation.

Ahmad Khan's conclusion (reality delusion) is:
A sovereign, viable and continuous Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital is still the best way to make the world safer than it has been for decades.

In Ahmad Khan's world, Hezbollah tunneling under the border between Lebanon and Israel to kidnap Israeli soldiers had nothing to do with the fracus. That, along with his willingness that Lebanon be represented by two known terrorist groups brings the logical conclusion: This is not a problem that can be solved by dialogue alone and it's way too early to let the Democrats back into power.

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