December 16th, 2006

Chris Keeley

December 2006 Foreign Service Journal

December 2006 Foreign Service Journal

   The focus of this issue is on "Middle East Peace." I have sent you
the text of my article as published. It required a couple of hours to
correct the copy as published from what I expected to be published--only
a few changes. Editor Steve Honley had earlier done an excellent job of
cutting my original (solicited) essay down to half the length, as I had
included four other possible new foreign policy agendas (Iraq,
non-proliferation, UN reform, and global poverty) which accounts for the
title of my piece, but there was no space for these other
considerations. He is a fine editor and I have no quarrel with his work,
which was superb.
   Included in this issue are other essays on the same subject by Phil
Wilcox, Yossi Alpher,  Ghassan Khatib,  Nadia Hijab,  and Edward
Walker,  all very worth reading.  I haven't checked yet but they are
probably not yet available on the FSJ website, and may not be in their
    I want to make one additional point. Steve, or someone else
perhaps, removed the quotation marks around the word "concessions" in my
text in the paragraph that begins "Four years on..." I meant by those
quotation marks that some things that are considered to be concessions
in negotiations to reach a final peace agreement are not concessions at
all. They are so-called concessions. In this case, as I explain in the
next paragraph, they are Israeli obligations under international law, as
codified in UNSC Resolutions 242 and 338. These resolutions require
"withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the
recent conflict." American and Israeli officials have argued that the
absence of the word "the" from in front of "territories" can be
interpreted to mean that Israel need not withdraw from all of the
territories occupied in 1967. That is a typical lawyer's quibble that
has no merit, but has been used to argue that Israel satisfied this
requirement by withdrawing from the Sinai, which was returned to
Egypt--thus Israel met the obligation by withdrawing from some of the
territories. The French version of 242 says "from the territories,"
which is the only way it can be said in French. And all languages
prevail at the UN. Furthermore, the preamble to 242 states: "emphasizing
the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war...." Again
the lawyers will argue that the preamble does not have the same force as
the numbered requirements of the resolution.
   We are not talking about semantics here. The long struggle between
the Israelis and the Palestinians has been over possession of the land
of the Holy Land, the land of Palestine. This is the most fundamental
issue at stake. If the international community cannot bring itself to at
the very least insist that the Palestinians receive 22% of British
Mandate Palestine for their sovereign state, leaving Israel with 78%,
then there is no justice in this world.

Robert V. Keeley
Chris Keeley

But he reiterated that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has a “powerful influence” in pr

But he reiterated that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has a “powerful influence” in promoting bias for Israel, and that he believes no significant countervailing voices exist.

Letter From Carter

Former President Jimmy Carter released a 1,000-word letter addressed to “Jewish citizens of America” yesterday, defending his new book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid,” which compares the Israeli- occupied Palestinian territories to the former government-mandated racial separation in South Africa. In the letter posted on the Carter Center Web site (, Mr. Carter wrote that he has “never claimed that American Jews control the news media,” and that what he calls overwhelming bias for Israel in the United States comes from Christians like himself who have been taught to “honor and protect” Jewish people. But he reiterated that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has a “powerful influence” in promoting bias for Israel, and that he believes no significant countervailing voices exist.
Chris Keeley

W. seems gratified by the idea that rather than having his ears boxed by his father’s best friend, h

W. seems gratified by the idea that rather than having his ears boxed by his father’s best friend, he’s going to go down swinging, or double down, in the metaphor du jour, on his macho bet in Iraq.

Farewell, Dense Prince


James Baker ran after W. with a butterfly net for a while, but it is now clear that the inmates are still running the asylum.

The Defiant Ones came striding from the Pentagon yesterday, the troika of wayward warriors marching abreast in their dark suits and power ties. W., Rummy and Dick Cheney were so full of quick-draw confidence that they might have been sauntering down the main drag of Deadwood.Collapse )

Chris Keeley

Camera obscura

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Delft, Holland, 1665. After her father, a tile painter, is blinded in a kiln explosion, seventeen-year-old Griet must work to support her family. She becomes a maid in the house of Johannes Vermeer and gradually attracts the master painter's attention. Though worlds apart in upbringing, education and social standing, Vermeer recognizes Griet's intuitive understanding of color and light and slowly draws her into the mysterious world of his paintings.

Vermeer is a perfectionist, often taking months to finish a painting. His shrewd mother-in-law, Maria Thins, struggles to maintain the family's lavish lifestyle on the income from his painstakingly meager output. Seeing that Griet inspires Vermeer, she takes the dangerous decision to allow their clandestine relationship to develop.

Plunged into a chaotic Catholic household run by Vermeer's volatile wife Catharina, surrounded by an ever-increasing brood of children, Griet is increasingly at risk of exposure or worse. Twelve-year-old Cornelia, a mischievous girl who sees more than she should, quickly grows jealous and suspicious of Griet and is determined to cause trouble.

Alone and unprotected, Griet also contends with the attentions of Pieter, a local butcher boy, and Vermeer's patron, the wealthy and lascivious Master van Ruijven, who is frustrated that his money does not buy him control over the artist. While Griet falls increasingly under Vermeer's spell, she cannot be sure of his feelings for her.
Chris Keeley

Although nearly one in 10 intravenous drug users were HIV-positive during a pilot project in Ward 7,

District's HIV Testing Found to Be Falling Short
Report Cites Poor Program Execution

By Susan Levine
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 16, 2006; A01

A citywide HIV testing campaign, launched with bold pronouncements that brought the District national attention, has been hampered by poor planning and wasted resources in its first six months, according to a report released today by a public advocacy organization.

The D.C. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice supports the program's "laudable goals" of having residents know their HIV status through routine testing. But problems in execution must be corrected if the effort is to have lasting impact on the local HIV and AIDS crisis, it says.
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