Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Should we care that Iran and Hamas are denouncing Annapolis? 

I have been worried that the Annapolis peace conference was a bad idea, although not with the intensity and conviction of many conservatives. It seems to me that the risk is that any plausible agreement will strengthen the bad guys more than the good guys. That said, the fact that Iran and Hamas are attacking the negotiations makes me want them to succeed, and wonder whether they ought to.


By Blogger Ray, at Wed Nov 28, 08:57:00 PM:

That depends rather strongly on whether the Saudis and the Egyptians can put enough pressure to bear on the Palestinians to grow up and behave responsibly, thereby removing an irritant in Arab relations with the United States.

That would, in turn, help us present a united front to Iran. Not a surprise that Iran and its proxies are worried.  

By Blogger SERENDIP, at Thu Nov 29, 05:46:00 AM:

Mideast summit a 'failure,' Iran claims
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicts 'collapse' of Israel

WASHINGTON -- A day after their optimistic pledge to negotiate peace within a year, Israeli and Palestinian leaders faced the more sobering realities of Middle East politics Wednesday as Iran predicted Israel would "collapse" before any deal is reached.

With President George W. Bush acting as host, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas held a symbolic negotiating session at the White House ahead of the first formal talks next month.

"It was a hopeful beginning," Bush said following the meeting.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Nov 29, 10:08:00 AM:

the annapolis meeting is a farce, and the criticism of it is just dogs barking at the wind. none of it has any signifigance.  

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