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Chan Lowe: Obama's Middle East speech


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Some would say the Israelis are being intransigent, and have always been. Of course, if you look at it from the Israeli point of view, their homeland is an area about the size of New Jersey, and all their neighbors would like to annihilate them. When they balk at making any concessions that might erode their ability to defend themselves, one can hardly blame them.

Some would say the Palestinians are being intransigent, and have always been. Of course, if you look at it from the Palestinian point of view, a bunch of foreigners arrived in their homeland carrying this sense of entitlement in their collective breast, stole their property, threw them out of their own country, and continue to squat there with no intention of ever giving it back. When they balk at making any any concessions that amount to institutionalizing and legalizing this perceived crime against their nation, one can hardly blame them.

Barack Obama is the latest American president to plunge into the fray. He must do so because every president before him has done so, at least since the establishment of the State of Israel. American presidents are expected to try to broker an accord; the rest of the world and the American electorate demand that they at least try. It’s part of the job description.


He will probably run up on the rocks, just as every previous president has. When you examine the complexity of the interests, fears and passions that swirl around this conflict, to say that seeking peace for the region is quixotic would be an understatement.

But no matter how monolithic the problem appears, we have to continue chinking away at it. To throw up our hands and walk away would be to repudiate all the hope mankind holds for the future. If we stop striving for a better world, what is the justification for living in this one?

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Maybe Obama & previous Presidents are perplexed by the Israeli & Palestinian conflict, but Michele Bachmann isn't....Michele spoke to the Los Angles Jewish Coalition last week & managed to misquote Scripture & John Adams.....
Hey- It's Michele's job to tell the Tea Party Sheeple what to think.....It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.....
The Holy Land.... A unique part of the world where people of all religions can get together & kill one another....Don't expect it to stop, anytime soon....


1967 borders? "Israel 'took over' "? What many don't wish to remember was that Israel, when it was established as a state in 1947, was perfectly content to keep whatever borders it was granted. But the Arabs in the area attacked it. Israel did not "take over" anything. It won it in a war, fair and square - a war that Israel DID NOT START.

Israel "threw out" the Palestinians? Nope. They chose to leave, encouraged by their Arab "brethren" who didn't even want them themselves.

How come concessions are always on the Israeli side? If Arabs hadn't attacked, then there might have been a Palestinian state already there, and from probably around the late 1940s/early 50s. They cut of their own noses to spite their faces.

I'm all for fair and square for both sides, but let's remember history, people....


lol @ Lorraine...a misquote? OMG...how awful. funny i never see you mention the countless misquotes from our president & vice president

Golda Meier gave the exact reason why there is so much violence there: "Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us."

Even if Israel gave EVERY concession...does anyone really believe the rocket attacks & suicide bombers would cease?

When the group you are negotiating with has the starting point of "we want you all dead"...it makes it pretty difficult to low ball against.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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