U.N. Chief Kofi Annan must be spitting nails. Nearly three weeks after the revenge inspired Israeli war machine began pummeling the fledgling Lebanese democracy, the U.N. Security Council is yet to weigh in on the conflict. The intransigent United States refuses to support an immediate cease fire.
President Bush just gave the charge for long term peace in the region to very group it has held up, the United Nations. Bush indicated he would look to the United Nations to act to establish "a long-lasting peace, one that is sustainable."
Odd timing as a spate of United States allies just weighed in that a much wider peace process is severely at risk. Three leaders in the new Iraqi democracy spoke of the consequences to those nations blocking an immediate cease fire. The pioneering country in the region for peace with Israel, Egypt, just issued a warning that Israel’s aggression in Lebanon could threaten that 27 year old agreement.
Bush’s obstruction in order to gain a long-lasting peace actually has worked contrary to its ultimate goal. Why should I be surprised? Bush’s promise last fall that seniors would not have to choose between medicines, rent, food, or electricity had the same hollow ring. His use of “free markets” to deliver the new prescription drug benefit fails some 6 million poor and disabled seniors who pay more for their medications under the new plan.
What other method would a War President use to bring peace? After 6 years in office “the Uniter” finally showed up. Unfortunately President Bush is uniting the Middle East against us.