…is probably more than the President, if his words are any indication. If you’ve spent two minutes thinking about the middle east, you’re probably one up on him. Consider this:
(Sheer boredom may have sent him tumbling to new depths of ignorance.) “There’s a lot of suffering in the Palestinian territory,” Bush mused, “because militant Hamas is trying to stop the advance of democracy.”
It is? Has Bush forgotten that Hamas came to power as a result of elections that he insisted the Palestinian Authority hold? […] He returned to the theme later in the press conference: “One reason why the Palestinians still suffer is because there are militants who refuse to accept a Palestinian state based upon democratic principles.”
That’s absurd. The president appears to be totally unfamiliar with what is perhaps the single most-discussed topic in international politics. Nothing gets people disagreeing quite like the subject of how to apportion blame for the Palestinian peoples’ considerable suffering. But absolutely nobody blames Arab militants opposed to democratic principles. Terrorists opposed to Israel’s very existence? Sure. Israeli intransigence? Why not. But only someone paying no attention whatsoever would subscribe to Bush’s theory.
As he revealed in the famous on-mic conversation, he seems to think that Syria has some sort of control over Hezbollah, and so Syria is the key to stopping them. However:
It ain’t true. While Syria has provided support to Hezbollah, it’s not clear at all that they could do anything about the armed militia short of re-occupying Lebanon against the UN resolution that helped send them packing the last time.
If it were true that Syria could stop Hezbollah, shouldn’t our government be trying to convince Syria to do that? Somehow? But we’re not.
Apparently, Kofi can just speed-dial Assad and nip this whole middle east problem in the bud. According to our president.
I have an idea. Why not get a bunch of pro wrestlers together and form a MEWF (Middle East Wrestling Federation). We’ll name the different wrestlers after middle east countries and organizations. Then we let Bush watch as different wrestling matches tell the story of middle east politics and war in a sort of pantomime form.