Saturday, May 03, 2008

Rice faces Middle East reality

Condi confronts a conundrum

I never thought it would happen, but yesterday I heard Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talking sense about peace in the Middle East. I was listening to the radio when a news program aired an excerpt from her remarks in London on May 2, 2008:
And at the end, in phase three, they were going to begin a process of negotiating for a political settlement and an end to the occupation and an end to the conflict.... [T]hese must move in parallel. Because it is precisely the point that you need to have a political settlement, an end to the occupation, and an end to the conflict in order to fully realize the potential for both Sunnis and Shi'ites.
You go, girl! It's about time a Bush administration official recognized that U.S. occupation forces must be withdrawn as a concomitant of peace in Iraq. Peace will never be achieved without an explicit plan to withdraw the occupation forces.

Oh, oh. Wait a minute. Silly me. I made a terrible mistake while transcribing Condi's remarks from the radio broadcast. Where I wrote down “Sunnis” and “Shi'ites,” Secretary Rice actually said “Israelis” and “Palestinians.” My mistake. I withdraw my foolish remarks. Certainly the correction changes everything. I am sure we will pull our troops out of Iraq as soon as peace arrives. Peace is a prerequisite for withdrawal. Or one hundred years.

Whichever comes first.

1 comment:

Ray said...

You got me! I read, and re-read, and then read again the first couple of paragraphs, wondering how I could have missed such an event. And then I continued to the final paragraph, and returned to reality with a crash :-(

By the way, I discovered your blog (via Pharyngula), and enjoy your writing a great deal. Thank you.