December 15th, 2006

Chris Keeley

Wisdom on Iraq from Ron Spiers--Rutland Herald 12/14/06

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Article published Dec 14, 2006
*Iraqis have to want us there*

"The situation in Iraq is grave and deteriorating."

So says the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, led by former Secretary of
State James Baker and former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman
Lee Hamilton, whose long-awaited report was released last week.

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Chris Keeley

Tell the Bethlehem Story to Millions of Americans

*Help CNI Tell the Bethlehem Story to Millions of Americans*

/"Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus and Mary traveled on the few miles of road
between Jerusalem and Bethlehem on their journey from Nazareth. Today,
making this celebrated crossing is almost impossible due to the
construction of Israel's 'security fence.' In reality, that 'fence'
consists of a 25-foot high concrete wall built across 26 miles inside
the West Bank and through what used to be the main road between the two
holiest cities in the Bible."/
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Text of Article in Foreign Service Journal by Robert V. Keeley

Text of Article in Foreign Service Journal by Robert V. Keeley

Foreign Service Journal, December 2006 issue, pages 45-51.

Toward a New Foreign Policy Agenda

Terrorism in the Middle East is not the cause of the violence we face,
but the response to occupation by those too weak to use any other tactic.

By Robert V. Keeley

Robert V. Keeley retired from the Foreign Service in 1989 with the rank
of career minister after 34 years. He served three times as ambassador:
to Greece (1985-1989), Zimbabwe (1980-1984) and Mauritius (1976-1978).
In 1995, he founded Five and Ten Press, a small, independent publishing
company dedicated to bringing out original articles, essays and other
short works of fiction and non-fiction that have been rejected or
ignored by mainstream outlets.

The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon
this past summer only reinforces the urgent need for the Bush
administration to adopt a new diplomatic approach, both toward the
Middle East and in all its foreign relations. In this essay I would like
to offer some thoughts on what such a new framework should encompass.
The most obvious change we should make is to emphasize the role and
effectiveness of diplomacy, while resisting the inclination to seek
solutions through the threat or actual use of force abroad. As a
corollary, we need a major shift in tone and style in our practice of
diplomacy, away from criticizing, cajoling, denouncing and threatening
toward greater reliance on consulting, listening, and negotiating --
both with allies and with potential or actual adversaries.
For example, in many situations unilateral action has been of limited
effectiveness at best. I would hope we have now learned that some of our
armed interventions abroad, while demonstrating our overwhelming
military power, have also made matters worse rather than better.
Instead, let us rely more on alliances and multilateral organizations to
police threats to international stability and order.
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