April 23, 2004

Brahimi Watch

"The biggest poison in the region is the policy of Israeli power and the suffering of the Palestinians," Brahimi was quoted as telling a French radio station. The UN envoy, who is from Algeria, reportedly said many people both in the Mideast and outside it agree with the statement." [emphasis added]

Lakhdar Brahimi as quoted on French radio.

Does John Kerry agree?

For the record, as my regular readers know, I'm pretty concerned about Israeli policy vis-a-vis the Palestinians too.

But "biggest poison" is pretty strong language (particularly for a top diplomat, serving in such a sensitive post and at such a critical juncture), isn't it?

Then again--maybe he said it on purpose to enhance his street cred with Sistani and Co.

Which leads me to another point.

Iraq might yet (we intensely hope) become a viable, unitary democratic state.

But don't expect a democratic Iraq to have a lovie-dovie relationship with Israel (that said, it probably won't be hurling SCUD missiles at it either...)

Posted by Gregory at April 23, 2004 11:45 AM
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