Though it might be hard to believe in the light of the recent warcrimes committed by Israel in the Gaza and the continued violence in both Afghanistan and Iraq what with the neocons calling for a massive increase in violence in Afghanistan, there is a definite trend away from thinking war all of the time and some consideration is now actually being given to talking.
The notion of actually talking to the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran would have been out of the question just a few months ago but now there are some whispers trickling down through the mainstream media that some senior and influential advisors to Western governments are suggesting that it might be worth giving it a try.
‘Ha’aretz’ today reports that several senior officials and advisors including Brent Scowcroft, Zbigniew Brzenzinski and Paul Volcker, had written to President Obama before he took office saying that there is no reason that they could see why there can’t be talks with Hamas. Tony Blair, Britain’s ex-Prime Minister and warmonger-in-chief for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, as early as the end of last January thought it was a good idea to talk to Hamas. And, taking the idea of talking just a step further, Britain’s Foreign Office has even suggested talking to Hezbollah though this may have been pushing the friendship (with the US and Israel) just a bit too far. Nonetheless, the idea was there, and it simply wouldn’t have been just a few months ago.
And, of course, Obama wanting talks with the mortal enemy of Israel and the neocons, Iran, is already very well known. Who knows; next they might well be talking about talking with the Taliban – the moderate ones, that is. (Who would have believed just a few months ago that there were any ‘moderate’ Taliban? My, how the rhetoric is changing.)
And, just to top it off, Hamas and Fatah are talking about talking, albeit rather tentatively and in an on-again-off-again sort of way, but, at least talking about talking.
If all this talking actually happens then it will most definitely leave Israel out on a limb. But that’s another story.
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