Regions / Middle East & North Africa
The Powell mission, whatever fig leaf it produces, has shown that the United States is unable or unwilling to impose peace. The only solution is for the whole world to join together and force the two sides to back off.
Not only has Sharon's war on Arafat unified the Arab world in ways not seen in decades, it has also had the effect of undermining the legal basis for the continuing sanctions and U.S. bombing of Iraqi targets.
The security of Israelis and Palestinians is intertwined
Until America finds its own voice in the Palestinian-Israeli dispute, it is unlikely that America's voice will be heard or heeded in the Arab world.
Israelis and Palestinians desperately need the awakening of the international community's public opinion and a reversal in the global attitude.
Today, Ariel Sharon and his government are creating a third wave of Palestinian refugees by attacking those very same refugees who, decades ago, fled for their lives and have been living under illegal Israeli occupation ever since.
The tragic events of September 11 have created unprecedented challenges for the peace movement, anti-interventionist forces, and other progressive activists.
Does this reawakening of Israel's peace camp (Peace Now's was the second such protest in a week) mean that the Israeli consensus behind Ariel Sharon is cracking?
The western media, too, is awash with stories of a reformist general living dangerously in a volatile country.
One of the first State of the Union speeches in a long time to pay attention to foreign policy.