It’s Good 2 B the King

Lunghu has been wondering … wondering why the Washington Post waited until [well] after King Abdullah II had returned to Amman from last month’s trip to DC before conducting an in-depth interview with the Jordanian monarch.   Actually, it was really more of a rhetorical wonderment, since Lunghu knows why.

HM Abdullah ... a decade ago.

Back on his home turf, and possibly chagrined that his message in Washington was drowned out by the fervid lobbying of that other guy, the King minced few words (if any).

“2011 will be, I think, a very bad year for peace,” Abdullah told The Washington Post in an interview at his palace in the Jordanian capital.
“If it’s not a two-state solution, then it’s a one-state solution,” he said. “And then, is it going to be apartheid, or is it going to be democracy?”  [Abdullah added ] “A lot of Arabs are saying, ‘Okay, if you’re talking about democracy for us, what about democracy (in) Israel?'”

The King explicitly pointed out (as Lunghu did last month) that as Arab popular revolts continue, Israel will be surrounded by greater numbers of hostile governments than ever before.  And the news doesn’t get any better:

Abdullah expressed concern about the United States losing its credibility as an honest broker after repeated failures to clinch a deal and a long record of fierce support for Israel regardless of the Jewish state’s policies toward the Palestinians and Arab states.

The King is much too gracious:  the USA has long since lost ALL credibility as an honest broker of Mideast peace.   It’s gonna take a helluva lot more than Hillary Clinton and George Mitchell to win back hearts and minds in the Middle East.  That’s a job too big even for George Clinton.

“When you get billions in aid and your weapons resupplied and your ammunition stock resupplied, you don’t learn the lesson that war is bad and nobody wins,” he added, referring to US military and economic aid for Israel.

King Abdullah:  tellin’ it like it tea-eye-zee.  [For those readers unfamiliar with American informal argot, that’s a colloquial expression which emphasizes the inescapable actuality of an uncomfortable truth.]   Lunghu is deeply saddened that so few Americans will get to hear his words, let alone heed them.

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