Obama, Solana Mean Business About Two-State Solution
by William Pfaff
Israeli - Palestinian Peace
(c) M. Ryder
The Israeli press reports with alarm that
This is evidence that the Obama government is serious about halting
During the next two years,
This penalty excludes
This measure seems to have antedated the defiant announcement by Netanyahu last Monday that
This statement followed
These legal considerations, generally neglected by the international public and deliberately obfuscated by
The first, as set out by
The settlements are illegal in international law, condemned by the international community, an enormous political and security liability to
"Draconian laws" on illegal construction are regularly enforced inside
A recent book ("The Hebrew Republic" by
Siegman says that Obama is determined to establish a settlement based on UN resolutions, agreements
Such a proposal would be powerfully reinforced by the second new factor in the situation: the
If they fail, as they have until now, the
The responsibility to settle the matter, if the parties can't do it themselves, is implicit in the UN resolutions that created
A once-fashionable subject in America's think tanks was futurology. It worked by projecting what were thought to be plausible developments in the situation of a given subject that would lead to a series of 'branching points,' expected eventually to lead the analyst to unforeseen conclusions about what could happen.
However, unexpected developments actually were fairly uncommon, since nearly everyone started with a bias toward one or another desirable outcome.
In Iraq, tension was reported to be increasing between the Americans and the Iraqi military and security forces, who were supposed to take over the Americans' responsibilities. Move to another front: Pakistan-Afghanistan. Here there was also supposed to be a straightforward job to do: drive the Taliban out of Afghanistan, into the Tribal Areas of the Pakistan border. There, the Pakistan army, with American urging and help, would defeat and disarm them.
America's Homeland Security Surplus
Janet Napolitano, Barack Obama's secretary of Homeland Security gave a talk at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, meant to convince American civil libertarians and security specialists that the country can be kept safe, and neighborly as well.
Why Sometimes Pays to Be Like Gordon Brown
by William Pfaff
Flamboyance of the Latin kind gets you into the newspapers, but for bad reasons as well as good.
Nicolas Sarkozy of France is not a man noted for charm but for his unchecked energies and the restless activity. Italy's Silvio Berlusconi is another matter entirely. He is a success in politics apparently because the majority of Italians like him.
Indeed, sometimes pays to be a nondescript politician like Gordon Brown of Britain.
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