Friday, March 30, 2007

Gary Bauer's email today

"Friday, March 30, 2007

To: Friends & Supporters

From: Gary Bauer



Middle East Inching Toward War?

This has been anything but a “quiet week” on the foreign policy scene. Shaken by Iran’s seizure of British sailors and taken back by the unusually harsh rhetoric coming out of Saudi Arabia, western diplomats are scurrying to parse the statements, hoping to read between the lines what is very likely not there. First, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah lashed out at America by saying Iraq was “under an illegitimate foreign occupation...” Now, the Saudis are reportedly threatening Israel with war. Recently, Secretary of State Rice said, “The Arab states should begin reaching out to Israel -- to reassure Israel that its place in the region will be more, not less secure, by ...the establishment of a Palestinian state.” In other words, for the peace process to move forward, Arab states need to step up and recognize Israel. The Saudi response was delivered by its foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal, who told British media yesterday, “It has never been proven that reaching out to Israel achieves anything.”

So, what exactly do the Saudis want? They are insisting -- as a precondition to negotiations – that Israel accept the terms of the “Arab Plan,” which includes a return to the pre-1967 borders, a surrender of East Jerusalem to Arab control, and the right of return for all Arab descendants who left Israel in the 1948 war. That, according to Prince Saud, is a mere “opening position” for negotiations. But, my friends, those are the key issues – beyond which there is virtually nothing left to negotiate! The Saudi position is essentially for Israel to surrender first; then the kingdom will talk. But the prince warns, “If Israel refuses, that means it doesn’t want peace... They will be putting their future not in the hands of the peacemakers, but in the hands of lords of war.”

To gain a better understanding of the Saudi mindset, just consider this stunning observation from Dennis Ross, Bill Clinton’s top Middle East negotiator, about the recent Mecca agreement ironed out by the Saudis between Fatah and Hamas: “If you read the Mecca agreement, Israel appears only as an adjective, not as a noun. Israel only appears in the agreement modifying words like ‘aggression’ and ‘occupation,’ but never appears as a noun -- much less as a state to be recognized.”

Meanwhile, Iran is making a mockery out of Great Britain, forcing its captives to “apologize” on Iranian state television. The message to the Iranian people and the Muslim masses in the Middle East is clear: Tehran rules the waves! "

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