Radio: Bolton, Landis, Mazzetti, & Khouri Discuss Bombing of Syria and Peace Process

Middle East Peace and a Divided Administration
o the Point:  Host: Warren Olney at KCRW the NPR station of Santa Monica: Tue. Oct 16
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has scheduled an Israeli-Palestinian peace conference for sometime next month, but not all the players have agreed to show up. Rice, who says the time has come for a Palestinian state to be founded, is shuttling around the Middle East, but Israel won't promise to address the tough issues, and the Arab states are playing hard to get. Meantime, Israel's still-mysterious midnight bombing raid on Syria last month has created problems for the Secretary of State. Syria will be crucial to regional peace, but hard liners within the Bush Administration want to get tough. Was Syria trying to build a nuclear weapon? How will last month's raid impact plans for next month's peace conference?

Condoleezza Rice says a Palestinian state is at hand, but organizing a peace conference for next month is problematic. We hear about differences between Israel and its neighbors, and within the Bush Administration. Also, Russian President Putin has strong words for the US, and an insider trading case reveals new information about wiretapping in the interests of national defense.

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101. Alex said:

For Akbar Palace

I don’t know how else I can illustrate it to you.

Maybe I’ll use pictures.

Look at the cover of Ronald Florence’s Blood Libel book. It is a book that tries to prove that Jews did NOT sacrifice father Thomas and his assistant who disappeared after visiting the Damascus Jewish quarter in 1840.

So, this is an anti-anti-semitics’ book.

Do you know who donated (for free) the cover image of that book? it is a rare and valuable image of Via Recta in Damascus.

You want a hint?

Or you can read the reviews on the top right of this page, and wait until you read the author’s name.

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October 19th, 2007, 5:10 am


102. Akbar Palace said:

Alex, Norman,

I’m here to counter the myths and excuses posted on this website. Like you, I am also here to listen and read what the other side has to say about the current Arab-Israeli conflict. Then, I can then better formulate my own opinions.

Anti-semitism is a sickness that has infected the Arab/Muslim media, Arab/Muslim educational institutions and the highest levels of Arab/Muslim government. This is no accident. As Arab and Muslim governments have for decades, allowed this occur, terrorist organizations continue get a steady stream of recruits so these “martyrs” can do their dirty work.

When these Arab or Muslim countries show a willingness to prevent this phenomenon from permeating into their state-run media and educational institutions, then, I believe, this will signal an opportunity for peace.

For example, “incitement” in the PA media was part of the Oslo peace process. This part of the peace process was never complied with. A good example that Arafat was never truly interested in peace.

I have no reason to believe that the people in one country are more inherently racist than another, but with government sponsored hate, government sponsored incitement, and government sponsored demonization, it certainly doesn’t help the casue of peace. It only promotes violence and war.

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October 19th, 2007, 10:48 am


103. AnotherIsraeliGuy said:


I was asking a simple question. I am not sure what you are saying. Is a pan arab state a pre-condition for democracy in your mind?

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October 19th, 2007, 2:27 pm


104. why-discuss said:

Is a pan arab state a pre-condition for democracy in your mind?

Not necessarily. The arab and moslem countries need to invent or find and adapt models of democracy suitable to their values and traditions. I do not know of any arab country that has a model worth imitating! But Turkey and Iran offer some hope as they have elections, parlement, institutions, check and balance processes and they seem to develop forward despite some mistakes and excesses.

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October 19th, 2007, 9:04 pm


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