Maureen Dowd was with Mr Bush on his foray into the Middle East and filed this column in today’s New York Times. Here are some surprising excerpts that address the one-sided approach of American diplomacy and the suffering of the Palestinian people–a topic that is virtually taboo in the sham democracy of the United States unlike ANY other area of external affairs:
“His message boiled down to: Iran bad, Israel good, Iraq doing better.
“Blessed is the peacemaker who comes bearing a $30 billion package of military aid for Israel and a $20 billion package of Humvees and guided bombs for the Arabs.
“This is one of the results of the Bush visit,” said Mahmoud Zahar, a Hamas leader, as he went to a Gaza hospital to see the body of his son, a militant killed in the battle. “He encouraged the Israelis to kill our people.”
“Arab TV offered an uncomfortable juxtaposition: Al Arabiya running the wretched saga of Gaza children suffering from a lack of food and medicine during the Israeli blockade, blending into the wretched excess scenes of W. being festooned with rapper-level bling from royal hosts flush with gazillions from gouging us on oil.”
Living under occupation and not national sovereignty.