I mean, really?
Wasn't the grinding down of eBay and the failed run for
overlord governor of California enough?
And HP: wasn't one high profile female CEO disaster plenty for now?
“There are small countries in the world that have gained their freedom and independence but we still haven’t got ours,” Mr. Abbas told his guests. “So we are going to demand this right.”It seems to me that this is a major disconnect, and that the US has failed to broker the gap between. Peace has little to do with freedom, just as electoral democracy has little to do with stability (cf. the election of Hamas in Gaza). If the US and Israel are trying to shift the frame of the discussion, then they are losing that battle. Most of the world sees independence as the keystone here, not an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict. I think it a cruel historical irony that in this situation the US is in the role of imperial Britain, and Palestine somewhat in that of the North American colonies -- and Israel in the role of Mandatory Britain, and the Palestinians in the role of the fledgling Jewish State. And while it is in our diplomatic interest to maintain an effective brokering position to promote peace, we frankly have failed to do so lately, and it comes as no surprise that the Palestinians are fed up with the failure of talking, and wish for exactly what Israel desired in 1947: recognition, self-determination, and the freedom to govern their own destiny. No, it's not peace. But perhaps at this point we are overrating both the value and possibility of such a thing in such a place. Independence can be granted. Peace will have to be learned.