Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Trap for Fools

Counterpunch, July 23, 2007

Bush's Latest, Ludicrous Doomed Plan for Israel and Palestine

By URI AVNERY

In a classic American western, the difference is as glaring as the midday sun in Colorado: there are Good Guys and Bad Guys. The good ones are the settlers, who are making the prairie bloom. The bad ones are the Indians, who are blood-thirsty savages. The ultimate hero is the cowboy, tough, humane, with a big revolver or two, ready to defend himself at all times.

George Bush, who grew up on this myth, sticks to it even now, when he is the leader of the world's only superpower. This week he presented the world with an up-to-date western.

In this western--or, rather, middle eastern--there are also Good Guys and Bad Guys. The good ones are the "moderates", who are the allies of the US in the Middle East--Israel, Mahmoud Abbas and the pro-American Arab regimes. The bad ones are Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran, Syria and al-Qaeda.
It is a simple script. So simple, indeed, that an 8-year-old can understand it. The conclusions are also simple: the good guys have to be supported, the bad guys have to bite the dust. At the end, the hero--George himself--will ride off into the sunset on his noble steed, while the music reaches a crescendo.

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