East is East and West is West…

…and never the twain shall meet? Well, hardly ever.

Yesterday I cross-posted a comment from a prominent leader pointing out that Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East.

Right away I was presented with a couple of qualifications to that statement:

1) Israel is not the only democracy in the Middle East but it is the only stable, reliable, credible, capable, predictable, democratic and non-conditional ally of the USA in the area.

2) Israel is the only Western and pro-Western democracy from the eastern Mediterranean around to Australia.

Let’s bear that in mind.

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And not to muddy the waters, but the waters sure are getting muddy around here. The murder last week of Hamas lackey peace activist Vittorio Arrigoni called to attention the complexity of relationships between terrorists. It seems that terror organizations like Hamas have even more radical terror organizations nipping at their heels. An item in The Media Line details some of the problems super-fundamentalists known as Salafis are causing for Hamas in Gaza, as well as for the governments of Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

And honor among thieves? Don’t even go there.

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Further complicating matters (but in a good way) is a recent poll showing that Palestinian Arabs are getting tired of the killing. According to the Palestinian journalism and research organization JMCC, the number of Palestinians who support military operations against Israelis went from about one half to one third between January 2009 and April of this year. That still leaves a lot of war mongers, but it’s a big step in the right direction.

It’s also consistent with numerous findings that Israeli Arabs would much rather remain Israeli Arabs than come under the authority of a Palestinian state, thank you very much.

Maybe if the Salafis and Wahhabis and Hamas can all wipe each other out, we can then have some peace. That may well be too much to ask, but there’s no harm in asking, right?

TTYL,

lineman

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PS: Thanks, Rodney, for the pic!

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