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Monday, September 12, 2011

When Is a 'Process' Not a Process?

Noun: process prohs-es
1. A particular course of action intended to achieve a result
2. A sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

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Question: When Is a 'Process' Not a Process?

Answer: When it involves "peace" in the Middle East.

Did you know that the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has a director overseeing the Project on the Middle East Peace Process? I wonder if it's a full-time permanent position. And, if so, what does that say about the prospects for there ever being Middle East peace?

Can a process be unending?

For Middle East peace, like the directorship, is hardly something "intended to achieve a result." Not really. It's simply an ongoing attempt to keep the fruitless and detached attempt going.


On this morning, when we find out that Israel was forced to evacuate its ambassador and most of its diplomatic staff from Cairo this weekend after hundreds of Egyptian protesters tore down a security wall protecting the Nile-side embassy, ransacked its files and burned an Israeli flag, putting Israelis in fear for their lives, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's director overseeing the Project on the Middle East Peace Process, writing in the same day's New York Times that Israel must be prepared to discuss a land swap with the Palestinians if the Middle East peace process is to move forward.

A land swap?  As the faces of those Egyptian madmen clearly reveal, the only swap that any Arab will seriously entertain, when it comes to the despised Jews they surround, is a pile of dirt under which every Israeli carcass rests in exchange for land for which, in truth, they have no legitimate claim of ownership and have no real use for.

The Arab world wants all Jews dead.  And this director of a Project on the Middle East Peace Process wants those same Jews to sit down and negotiate.

Some things never change.  The Middle East "peace process," one never ending, isn't one at all.