Road map from another planet, part 2
Posted by aogTuesday, 10 June 2003 at 17:33 TrackBack Ping URL
Like a bad tooth I can't help picking at this article. Shehata lists five points that he thinks would form the basis of a viable Middle East peace plan.

First up is "security" which depends on “completely nonmilitarized Palestinian state”. And who, exactly, would demilitarize it and keep it that way? The UN? What would be done when bomb and missile factories were discovered? There is of course no mention of any answers to these questions, the ability to achieve this miraculous state is simply assumed.

Then there are settlements and refugees. Shehata claims that a $25 billion fund administered by the UN would suffice. The UN, which looted the Iraqi Oil-For-Food program, that has been a corrupt pit of malfaescance, that currently lets Arafat loot the aid going to the Palestinians? That UN? Some of the money would be used to relocate Israel settlers and the rest to compmensate Palestinians who claim to have lived in whatis now Israel before 1948. I'll skip over the lack of any discussion of how to persuade Hamas to give up the "right of return" and look at the fact that the Palestinians have been willing to accept their own impovershment in exchange for just attacking Israel. That would seem to indicate that they won't be bought off with money to give up.

Related to this, Shehata states

At the same time, Israel must acknowledge the grave injustice that has been done to Palestinian refugees. Recognizing the symbolic right of return would take the form of allowing a small number of Palestinians to return to Israel.
Well, bummer. Things happen in war. When people like Shehata demand compensation for the Jews who fled to Israel at the same time then I'll consider this kind of thing something other than moral equivalency and appeasement.

Then we get to economics, which basically consists of free trade. Of what? What does Palestine produce except refugees and death cults? I was looking at a satellite photo of the area which was used to illustrate where the proposed wall would go. The border was obvious - on one side civilization, on the other desolation.

Finally we have borders. Despite the emphasis on security and the Palestinians, Shehata requires the return of the Golan Heights and the Shebaa Farms. Of the latter, even Shehata's revered UN agrees that the land is not part of Lebanon. But hey, once you're appeasing why not go all the way?