TO: Distinguished Recipients
FM: John Whitbeck
To allay the concerns of several of my distinguished recipients, I wish to make absolutely clear that, while I may appear to have been auditioning in recent days for the role of Barack Obama's speechwriter, I have NOT been moonlighting in the role of ghostwriter for Muammar Qaddafi in his surprising new career as a contributor of eminently reasonable, even "moderate", oped pieces, such as the one transmitted below, to major mainstream American newspapers. (It would be very interesting to know who does write the material recently published over the eccentric colonel's byline.)
While all supporters of a good cause are generally welcome, I must admit to distinctly mixed feelings about this very public support for a democratic one-state solution from this particular source, which has not traditionally been associated in world public opinion with rational thought and obvious wisdom. The hope that Barack Obama would endorse democracy as the best road to justice and peace in the Middle East was already a long shot. The prospect of his being accused of having gotten the idea from the Revolutionary Leader must, logically, diminish the chances of such revolutionary leadership on his part even further.
One jarring note in this generally sensible article is the remarkable historical revisionism contained in the 13th paragraph, in which is wriiten: "It is important to know that Jews did not forcibly expel Palestinians." Someone should send the Libyan leader an Arabic translation of Ilan Pappe's meticulously documented and dispositive "The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine".
January 22, 2009
The One-State Solution
By MUAMMAR QADDAFI
THE shocking level of the last wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence, which ended with this weekend's cease-fire, reminds us why a final resolution to the so-called Middle East crisis is so important. It is vital not just to break this cycle of destruction and injustice, but also to deny the religious extremists in the region who feed on the conflict an excuse to advance their own causes.
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