New peace initiative, same people - Ed Brock

This is hard to say.

Goo ..Good jo? jo? job, Du? Dub? Dubya.

Whew, that was like passing a football, and I ain't talkin' about in no game.

Really, the Bush team seems to be off to a good start with their cute little roadmap to peace in the Middle East.

Peace in the Middle East, the 20th and 21st centuries' greatest Quixotic quest. But I'm not sure the Devil is looking into buying a winter wardrobe just yet.

The plan dares to challenge both sides to, like, stop breaking international law and killing innocent people and stuff. How sad it is that that can be considered bold and ambitious, no less.

Israel will have to give up some of those settlements they never should have built. And newly appointed Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas will have to get his mentor Yassar Arafat's old pals to stop blowing up caf?s in Israel.

But it's been said that unreasonable men make life so difficult, and indeed unreasonable men also seem to have a penchant for power.

I think that's because most reasonable, sane humans instantly realize that to seek power is utter madness.

This understanding gives me some pity of Bush as he tries so hard to surpass his father. Heck, if you can just keep up this war on terrorism thing he might even become a two-termer, and surely then Father will be proud.

But the problem with Bush's roadmap, apart from the fact that the recent conquest of Iraq has severely damaged our credibility on Arab Street, is that the roadmap is reasonable while the players in this nasty drama are not.

That crotchety old war criminal Ariel Sharon, for example, while he is giving lip service to the idea that he will have to reverse himself on the development of settlements in the West Bank, does not appear to be truly planning to take the necessary steps for peace. In the end, Sharon's way to peace is the elimination of his enemy, down to the last man, woman and child.

Those who doubt me should remember Sabra and Shatila in 1982.

Look it up.

And let's not forget that Arafat, no matter what he is now, was once the Osama bin Laden of his time. Most of the leaders of the Hezbollah are old chums of his and it will be most unsurprising when this truce he has with Abbas falls apart as soon as the new PM actually starts rounding up those bunch of chuckleheads.

And back to our own credibility which Rumsfeld et al are so casually flushing down the toilet by continuing to mold the new Iraq into a pasquinade of the democracy we claim to have brought there.

Do whatever you want, we say, so long as it's what we want, too.

But the Bush men and women have presented what should be done to reach the unreachable. I just hope they follow through with the courage it will take to keep Israel and the Palestinians from taking one of the billion wrong turns that will land them right back at the beginning.

Because what we do now will have far more implications in our search for security in this world than a hundred other wars, and it's many times more difficult.

Making peace always is.

Ed Brock covers public safety and municipalities for the News Daily. He may be reached at (770) 478-5753 ext. 254 or via e-mail at ebrock@news-daily.com.