Banter on The Banter - Israel's Invasion of Gaza

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By Ben Cohen

A reader writes:

It's January 2009 and according to Bush's original 'roadmap', we should


already have a peace plan in the Middle East. Clearly, this will not


happen. As a very concerned Israeli-American, I truly hope Obama's


approach won't be more of the same complacency. The Bush-Rice approach


should actually be called the roadmap for violence. We cannot afford


another president who will rationalize heavy-handed invasions,


extrajudicial killings, disregard for civilian suffering, and hawkish


pandering for votes. Israel is botching its own prospects for peace and


prosperity; its painful to watch. But I think with true pressure from


the US, the invasions and blockades can stop. Of course Palestinian


leadership must take responsibility, but it will become increasingly


difficult for them to do so in a desperate environment conducive to


radical militarism.

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