Friday, January 9, 2009

Gaza: Peace in the Middle East

By ajgasper - Last week, the United Nations, United States, European Union, and Russian called for a cease fire between Israel and Hamas [1]. Considering what has been happening since 2005 [2], [3], [4], [6], one has to assume this is either a face saving exercise or political maneuvering. Where there is a lack of a comprehensive foreign policy, situations degenerate to a state that exists in Gaza today. Unfortunately, the situation in Gaza has deteriorated to a point of armed hostilities, and the introduction of the military. Not as an extension of Foreign Policy, but as a substitute for Foreign Policy.
To have Foreign Policy one must have some form of diplomacy. To have diplomacy infers being able to communicate effectively. If one can’t communicate (as in having a two way conversation) [5] the stage is set for knee jerk reactions [1]. The aspect of refusing to deal with Hamas is pure 100%, unadulterated, polyunsaturated, homogeneous incompetence and/or criminal negligence at best. However, without having a framework on which to base decisions, we end up on wild goose chases that degenerate into quagmires of indifference, ineptness, callousness, and lethargic decision making.

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