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
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Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.