This morning, as with most weekdays, I digested my daily news along with my breakfast. Now, it's not uncommon for me to pay particular attention to the middle east, but today something was particularly striking.
One story began by quoting the latest figures of violence in Gaza. Interfighting between Fatah and Hamas has wreaked havoc, scarring buildings, bullets and grenades flying high at all hours, and leaving scores of civilians dead or wounded. And all predictions of the future say that this violence is only going to escalate.
Then the following story: Rice, allies at odds of how to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. ARE YOU F*ING KIDDING ME?!? Palestinians are in the middle of a no-holds-barred civil war, and the western world is talking about how to make peace with the Israelis. Seriously, people, get a grip. In order for a peace process to work, there has to be leadership on both sides willing and able to enforce it. Now, one could argue that there has never been such leadership on the Palestinian side, but in this case, there is not even a clear leadership. Even the Palestinian supporters can recognize that the Palestinians are too busy killing each other to win popular support for just about anything, let alone peace with Israel.
This just goes to show how naive and ignorant the western world is with matters in the middle east. No wonder our leaders have failed miserably in meddling over there.