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  1. There’s a reason why most Palestinians are to put it charitably not very fond of this guy. Actually, there are many

    • “There’s a reason why most Palestinians are to put it charitably not very fond of this guy.”

      And what would that reason be? That he is rational? That the Palestinians finally have a rational leader who, unlike Arafat and others, does not always miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity? Prime Minister Fayyad’s words quoted in Professor Coles piece above are a welcome change from the red-hot (but ultimately self-defeating) rhetoric one usually hears.

      Not only that, they speak the truth. Arab governments, as well as individuals, have always used the plight of the Palestinians to further their own ends. In the case of the former, it was used to divert populations from focusing on their own inadequate governance; in the case of the latter, it was used to justify any heinous act of murder and terror by individuals and groups. In their view, it provided a patina of legitimacy to their act.

      • Good observation, Bill. Legitimacy is getting to become a limiting factor in the human political world.

      • Well said. There are also leftist intellectuals who misuse the plight of the Palestinians. Like when they take positions that are totally unrealistic, and thereby squander opportunities to improve things for Palestinians. BTW, don’t miss Norman Finklestein’s 30-minute critique of the BDS movement on Youtube.

  2. Good article on gas prices, but you left out an important factor. The price of oil is linked to the US dollar and inflation definitely plays a role in the rising prices. The increase in Dollars by the Fed definitely contributes to higher oil prices and many would argue that inflation is currently the main factor for price increases. The inflationary pressure argument is favored by the fact that US production is at an all time high and US consumption of oil has been significantly declining since 2007. Lower demand and higher supply should decrease price, but only if the dollar was maintaining purchasing power. I know it is not so simple as this but we all should acknowledge inflation as a factor. Inflation needs to be in any discussion on oil so we can examine and debate how much of a factor inflationary pressure actually exists.

    • Sorry, but this argument doesn’t hold water. When there is dollar inflation, the oil producers just denominate in Euros in practice. The dollar hype is overblown.

      • Also, if inflation of the American dollar was causing oil prices to go up, it would be causing prices to go up across the board. They’re not: inflation was 2.9% last month.

        Food and, especially, oil prices are subject to price spikes unrelated to the monetary situation.

    • Oil is priced on the WORLD market. Declines in US demand have been more than offset by increases in demand from China and India.

      • Perhaps the dollar hype is overblown. But it is definitely a factor. A CPI of 2.9% proves it. Many strong arguments support even higher inflation and no one can dispute that real interest rates are negative. So currency trends may not explain every spike/dip etc. but this is a factor, which we can all continue to ignore at our own peril.

  3. Was this statement intended to be so ambiguous? It could be appropriated by either side. The rhetoric of terrorism and the narrative of victimhood have been so powerful and central to managing public perceptions, it makes me wonder what his intention here really is.

  4. It would be so nice if the cynical critters who manage the Great Game, on all the various “sides,” would say stuff like this over and over, get it through their lizard heads that that is kind of what the best of life is, and stop doing the Ohsonecessary-not! chicanery and charlatanry that kills so many kids and wakes the beast in the breast of way too many others…

  5. A year later, Libya is still a mess

    After the West’s much-ballyhood intervention, Libya is dominated by a complex tangle of violent militias — and the chaos is spilling into neighboring countries

    link to theweek.com

    link to salon.com

  6. The Consequences of the Libyan War (II)

    Malian soldiers have toppled their democratically-elected president to establish an emergency junta:

    The Libyan intervention now has the unfortunate distinction of being the first in recent memory to lead to a military coup in a neighboring democratic country.

    link to theamericanconservative.com

  7. Salam Fayyad is American-educated, receiving his college education in Texas, and has adopted American values.

    He is not extremely popular among his own Palestinian people, belonging to the secular Fatah party, which has seen its influence dwindle in the last fifteen years.

    He should be equally as critical toward the Israeli institutions of oppression of Palestinian children – the Israel Defense Forces and the Jewish settler movement in the West Bank. These Israeli groups have killed and maimed far more Palestinian children than Palestinians themselves.

    Hundreds of Gazan children were killed by the IDF in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead and credible evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity were documented by the 462-page Goldstone Commission report in that brutal military action directed by then-Israeli PM Ehud Olmert – who is currently facing criminal corruption charges. Yet 94% of the Israeli public supported that IDF operation and a similar percentage of Israelis polled (91%) expressed support for Operation Defensive Shield in 2002 despite the fact 600 IDF reservists refused to report for duty on the grounds that Israel was not engaged in a necessary action.

    The IDF caused widespread death and destruction to Lebanon in the Second Lebanon War during 2006 but that operation did not have widespead public support by the Israeli public. Why? Because the Hezbollah and the varoious other armed resistance groups in Lebanon were able to inflict heavy casualties upon both the IDF personnel and the Israeli public in Northern Israel via missile strikes. The Battle of Bint Jebayl and the Litani Offensive were characterized by observers as rare victories over the IDF by an Arab militia. Millions of Israelis hid in bomb shelters as Katyushas struck Haifa, Kiryat Shmona and other northern Israeli communities. Hezbollah’s capacity to inflict serious damage upon the Israel won them and their leader respect and prestige within Lebanon. This is despite the fact the Lebanese public was devastated by Israeli Air Force strikes in that war.

    The most popular and respected leaders in the Arab world will be those who criticize Israel and bring pressure upon the IDF and settler movements which have been the primary cause of the suffering of Palestiian children. The children who have chosen to oppose the Israeli occupation by rock-throwing and other civil disobedience are guided by noble motives and should be lauded by the Palestinian Authority.

    Fayyad should be also leveling criticism at the “criminals” in the IDF and Jewish settler movements who incite the retaliation from Palestinian children through their own reprehensible acts.

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