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January 28, 2009


This is the first time we have seen any major political figure admit it. During a joint appearance with Papa Bush, Bill Clinton listed as his major regret not being able to get Arafat to agree to an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement. If he had succeeded, he said, "we would have taken away about half the arguments of terrorists around the world by giving the Palestinians a state." Presumably with half the arguments done away with, for example, terrorists would have had half as many reasons for 9/11 and so forth.

In fact, Clinton's biggest error in the Mid East negotiations was not being unable to reach agreement, but publicly dubbing them, in effect, a permanent failure. Combined with the arrival of George Bush, this sent a message to the Muslim world that all doors were now closed. In negotiations there always has to be another day.

But, in any case, we now have it from the mouth of a former president that about half the arguments of terrorists around the world center on the Israel-Palestine issue. Our next task is to get the corporate media to discover this fact as well.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arafat was a CIA asset. Israel has never negotiated honestly and likely never will. All this crap about Palestine refusing a peace settlement is exactly that--crap.

January 28, 2009 4:53 PM  

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