Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Any truce that does not recognise that there is no alternative but to live together in peace is worthless. The alternative is constant and permanent war and an ever mounting body count of innocent people on both sides.
Hamas have failed to comprehend the enormous economic and social benefits that a permanent peace would bring the Palestinian people. The rewards for peace far exceed the rewards of war. Only when this is understood can there be an end to the slaughter.
Whatever else is said about George Bush's presidency and however it may be judged in the future, the one thing that can be said now, is that the world will never be the same again. The war in Iraq and Afghanistan will alter forever the face of that region, possibly for the better in the longer term. In the these endeavours he was at least unwavering.
However, his more immediate legacy is that under his watch and Brown's, the world econonomy was brought to the brink of financial disaster.