Libyan troops are massacring protesters. Bodies are lying in the streets. The arms that Ghaddafy is using to murder his countrymen? Supplied by Britain and Italy. Hezbollah is now deeply intertwined with the Mexican drug cartels, teaching them advanced bomb-making skills (and sending sleeper agents here to threaten Americans).
The UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements was sponsored by Lebanon, now nearly fully Iran’s client state. And Iranian ships are passing through the Suez Canal for the first time since 1979. (And sure, they’re not carrying weapons. They’re just going to stop in Lebanon for the tourist attractions.)
But the major problem needing fixing in the Middle East today? Why, of course, it’s the Israeli-Palestinian issue. No peace in Israel, no peace in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, etc., etc., etc. The UN condemns Israel at every opportunity.
The European Union is telling Israel that growing instability in the Middle East makes it imperative to immediately resume the stalled peace process with the Palestinians.
Hungary’s foreign minister Janos Martonyi, whose country currently chairs the EU, told his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday that time is pressing and that the Israeli-Palestinian talks remain the core issue.
A Palestinian state would have stopped Ghaddafy from firing on his people? It would have stopped the Iranians from bashing in the heads of democracy protesters? It would have stopped the rest of the Middle East from rising up against their autocratic rulers and demanding freedom? That’s what the establishment of a Palestinian state would have done?
I think I’m going to call bullshit on that. Yes, I most definitely am. (Insert several eye rolls here.)