No More Excuses: Israel is Not the Reason

Let this be the final word: “It is no longer acceptable that the conflict with Israel or waiting for peace with it to be reached, should be taken as an excuse justifying a slackening in the reform process since this conflict has been going on for a long time and might continue longer,” says Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
If he can say it, why can’t Wesley Clark, or any of those other “the road to Baghdad is through Jerusalem” pseudo-experts who insist that Israel is the greatest poison in the region?
I hope the American policy-making establishment, and especially the Ivory Tower members of the intellectual class, take the Emir’s words to heart: the Jews are not responsible for all of the world’s problems, and they certainly cannot be held responsible for the lack of reform in the Arab world.


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