Wednesday, June 04, 2003

What are the skills needed to bring about peace in the Middle East?

Patient diplomacy? Gentle persuasion? Tough talking and hard bargaining?

Or how about a complete lack of understanding of the subject?

On the Aqaba Summit, The Guardian has the following to say about President Bush's grasp of the issues involved:
"Old hands in the diplomatic service, say the President knows almost nothing about the intricacies of the conflict. Nor does he show any sign of wanting to learn.....Snatches of presidential conversation that creep into the American media suggest Mr Bush sees naivete as an advantage that will allow him to cut through the bickering to core issues."

Ignorance as a diplomatic trump card, eh? An interesting strategy.

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