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Thursday, January 10, 2008

President Bush in Palestine

NPR : Bush Offers Peacemaking Checklist
I heard about this piece on NPR this morning, and was pretty intrigued by some of the nuances. One of the things that is mentioned only briefly is a comment by the President referenced in the radio piece. President Bush said something like, "I now have a deeper understanding of why the Palestinian people are so frustrated by this situation."
It doesn't sound like much, but when a world leader makes a statement like that, it has diplomatic consequences. It tells me that the President is ready to throw the weight of the US behind a solution that will end illegal Israeli occupation. I am no fan of the President, but this seems very promising. I'm glad that we're finally taking real steps to address this crisis.

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