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Eye on the Times
Will Washington Help Heal the Middle East?
By Thomas Emmon Pisano
US Correspondent
US President George W. Bush

We have seen the destruction through bombardment of the territories belonging to both sides of this complex issue. The rocket attacks and the tanks shelling the Gaza strip, paint a horrific picture of the world surrounding the Israeli – Palestinian dispute.

Life is now cheep as dust in that part of the world, where water is more valuable then blood. In contrast to our lives, here in America, those people in those harsh lands live a life of misery and uncertainty.

Their standards of living are diversely different from ours here in the west. In speculation, the people of the Middle East should enjoy a way of life equal to or better than our own, but they do not.

Constant war and terrorist attacks have left a shadow of doubt over these people, they have no future, so to speak, and the possibility of being killed by a surprise attack, or by a suicide bomber is a distinct possibility.

We have gone past the point of placing blame; we have no longer any interest in who fired the first shot. We now just want to find out what the reasonable demands are that will quell the hatred and stop the loss of innocent life. The world wants to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that these peoples are now at peace. We need to focus on more pressing matters, which are plaguing the world at large. However, these issues cannot be addressed until the troubles between the Palestinian and the Israeli peoples have been resolved.

America is in a unique position to be able to help these two opposing nations settle their differences. America has the power of persuasion necessary to insist that Israel stay at the bargaining table; we have the strength to force Israel to concede to the terms necessary to help bring about peace in the Middle East.

Inversely, Condoleezza Rice has promised repeatedly to invest time and skill in bringing about a Palestinian State, but realistically, she had put forth very little effort towards the manifestation of that goal. The mysterious non-actualization of an American Middle East peace plan has left the region in chaos.

President Bush also has summarily insisted that he is committed to a Palestinian State or Home Land, but here too we have seen no action. Why are these all too powerful people hesitating to help heal that part of the world? What is the reason behind their non-commitment? Surely, they don't want the children of Israel and Palestine to suffer further. Both Rice and Bush have verbally promised to try to bring peace to that region, why do they falter!?

If there is a good sound reason for the postponement of a two state government in Israel, then let the world know what the answer is – ‘this out of sight out of mind' - policy will not work now. The world wants results, of all the troublesome regions in the world the Holy Land is by far the worse there is.

As far as President Bush and his way of dealing with foreign affairs is concerned, he is acting like a 'Cowardly Lion.' He lacks the resolve to finish a needless war he had started in Iraq. He cannot stand up to the Israeli government, whom we own militarily. It takes a strong-minded man to find peace, if he had to fight these conflicts him self you could be assured he would be looking for the peaceful solution.

What is America to do? The solutions are actually easy, but require astuteness and creativity. First, create a creditable Palestinian state that the world will recognize legally.

Second, make Israel stop bulling its neighbors, Israel has to make peace with the countries, which surround it.

Next, establish Israeli borders, fixed and firm boundaries, there should be no doubts anywhere, no loopholes in any of the fair contracts.

Then, with the help of the international community, assist Palestine get them on their feet and governing themselves, help them to become recognized by the world as a legitimate, fiscal nation. There should be financial support to help them grow, establish trade, and create commerce. We must protect the fledgling nations while they are growing help them heal their wounds. Bring both of these people to the negotiation table and America help them mediate during these hard times.

Listen, this region is a powder keg, actions in the Middle East have repercussions, which extend around the globe, a world war could spring from misunderstandings there. A long time ago, America had taken it upon itself to be the Housekeeper of the world.

At one time, the United States was view as the good guys, and we are the good guys still, but we need to demonstrate to the global community that we are willing to take care of business. We have been falling short lately and need to get back on track.

Washington, roll up your sleeves, loosen your ties and get busy doing what needs to be done to make the world a better place.

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Mr. Thomas Emmon Pisano, an electronics-engineer-turned professional writer, serves as US correspondent for The Seoul Times. A New Jersey native he has lived in California. He has started his writing career in 2003 and has authored four books including “No Murder Too Small” and Big Crimes Small Miracles.”






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