Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The Global Order is Breaking Up

There are great shifts going on in the geo political landscape.

Rarely have I seen such an uprising, indeed an intifada, against those little turbaned, bearded men across the Muslim landscape as the one that took place last week. The leader of Hezbollah, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, received a resounding "no" to pulling 350 million Arabs into a war with Israel on his clerical coattails.

The collective "nyet" was spoken by presidents, emirs, and kings at the highest level of government in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, and at the Arab League's meeting of 22 foreign ministers in Cairo on Saturday. But it was even louder from pundits and ordinary people.

Perhaps the most remarkable and unexpected reaction came from Saudi Arabia, whose foreign minister, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, said bluntly and publicly that Hezbollah's decision to cross the Lebanese border, attack Israel, and kidnap its soldiers has left the Shiite group on its own to face Israel. The unspoken message here was, "We hope they blow you away."
I think it ought to be noted that the Arab League made no mention of one of its favorite causes. The Palestinians. I think the Palis have, as usual with their backing of Hizbollah, screwed the pooch. I think we will find within a year or three that the Palestinian question has been resolved. Interestingly enough it was American Carriers and Israeli guns that did the job.

Bush will go down as one of the greatest American Presidents of all time. Not too shabby for a chimp.

Note: see Rantings of a Sandmonkey and Beirut Notes and The War With Israel Is Over and Blogistan Journal and Across the Bay for some of the other voices.

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