Well, today President Bush makes his big push for a “legacy” of a just and lasting peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, with a conference in Annapolis. And as much as I want it to succeed, it’s going to be an utter and complete failure.
First off, only Fatah is coming to represent the Palestinians. Fatah is the terrorist group that lost the last elections to Hamas (the Islamist terrorists beat the largely secular, thieving terrorists), and lost control of the Gaza Strip when Hamas held it’s little putsch a few months ago.
Hamas has said that it won’t attend the Annapolis talks. This should come as no surprise, as Hamas’ very charter says it will never negotiate in good faith:
Article Thirteen: Peaceful Solutions, [Peace] Initiatives and International Conferences
[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith, the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad: “Allah is the all-powerful, but most people are not aware.” From time to time a clamoring is voiced, to hold an International Conference in search for a solution to the problem. Some accept the idea, others reject it, for one reason or another, demanding the implementation of this or that condition, as a prerequisite for agreeing to convene the Conference or for participating in it. But the Islamic Resistance Movement, which is aware of the [prospective] parties to this conference, and of their past and present positions towards the problems of the Muslims, does not believe that those conferences are capable of responding to demands, or of restoring rights or doing justice to the oppressed. Those conferences are no more than a means to appoint the nonbelievers as arbitrators in the lands of Islam. Since when did the Unbelievers do justice to the Believers? “And the Jews will not be pleased with thee, nor will the Christians, till thou follow their creed. Say: Lo! the guidance of Allah [himself] is the Guidance. And if you should follow their desires after the knowledge which has come unto thee, then you would have from Allah no protecting friend nor helper.” Sura 2 (the Cow), verse 120 There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad. The initiatives, proposals and International Conferences are but a waste of time, an exercise in futility. The Palestinian people are too noble to have their future, their right and their destiny submitted to a vain game. As the hadith has it: “The people of Syria are Allah’s whip on this land; He takes revenge by their intermediary from whoever he wished among his worshipers. The Hypocrites among them are forbidden from vanquishing the true believers, and they will die in anxiety and sorrow.” (Told by Tabarani, who is traceable in ascending order of traditionaries to Muhammad, and by Ahmed whose chain of transmission is incomplete. But it is bound to be a true hadith, for both story tellers are reliable. Allah knows best.)
So well over half the Palestinian government (such as it is) won’t participate. That can’t be too much of an obstacle, I’m sure.
Then we have the matter of the old “Road Map For Peace.” This was the plan put forth by President Bush in 2002 to much fanfare. And how’s that worked out?
Well, according to the Road Map, Phase I had the following steps:
End to Palestinian violence; Palestinian political reform; Israeli withdrawal and freeze on settlement expansion; Palestinian elections.
Well, Israel withdrew entirely from the Gaza Strip and the Palestinians had elections. And I guess you could argue that Hamas deciding to formalize their dominance of the Gaza Strip with bullets and nooses as a sort of “reform;” a lot of people who needed killing got killed. Unfortunately, the killers were even more vile than the killed, but hey, it’s something.
Israel also did a few things that weren’t listed, but demanded by the Palestinians anyway, including the release of about a hundred prisoners as a “goodwill” gesture.
I’m racking my brain, but I can’t recall a single Palestinian “goodwill” gesture. It seems that their goodwill is either so self-evident that it needs no affirmation, or a pipe dream that no one even bothers to consider even a token gesture. I’m putting my money on the latter.
Of course, that’s ignoring the camel in the room: “End to Palestinian violence.”
The Palestinians have continued their attacks on Israel, with rockets, mortars, kidnapings, and would-be suicide bombers.
So, let’s look at the list of attendees. A few names jump out:
Lebanon: Lebanon is dominated by the terrorist group Hezbollah, which is a puppet of Syria and Iran. Last year, Hezbollah engaged in a war with Israel, ending with a UN resolution calling for Hezbollah to be disarmed. That turned out to be as much of a joke as most other UN resolutions, and they have managed to not re-arm not just to their pre-war levels, but even greater. They have also not only solidified their hold over southern Lebanon, but increased their influence over Lebanon’s government.
Syria: Syria recently had one of their facilities blown up by Israel. Initial reports thought it was a nuclear research facility, but later updates have hinted at something far more sinister: a possible nuclear weapons assembly plant.
Sudan: I guess they’re taking a break from committing genocide in their Darfur region to see how the planned genocide against Israel is going. I guess they’re looking to swap notes or something.
This conference is a joke, and a bad one.
Golda Meir once said, with incredible prescience: “We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us.”
That day is still far, far away.
On the other hand, this conference could have a few benefits. For one, it ought to bring in a tidy hunk of money for the Baltimore area, and they could certainly use it.
And also it’s being held on the grounds of the Naval Academy. With luck, the Middies will get a good, close look at the kind of people whose orders they will be carrying out — and a similar perspective on those against whom they may be carrying out those orders.