Thursday, November 11, 2004
When Tony Blair comes to Washington this week, he will be urging Bush to stick by his pledge to help create a Palestinian state.
Good. A solution is long overdue. It is a good cause in its own right. It is not a simple way to end violence or appease Islamism, since the Islamists will promptly declare war on any Palestinian state that falls short of an entirely Muslim entity.
But John Kerry would never even have come close to saying, as Bush was the first president to say, that a Palestinian state was a good idea.
If Bush is remembered for kicking out the keystone of Arab rejectionism, in his first term, and then helps Palestinian statehood in his second, he'll be remembered as a historic president.