Addict (drugaddict) wrote,

This is an interesting item, I believe--1/1/07

This item appeared in my email collection today, New Year's Day. It
is responding to something that the author, Mr. Walter Furst, apparently
a retired FSO, picked up only recently, since my original message was
sent in the middle of last August and then circulated more widely by Tex
Harris. I leave it to you to evaluate his critique. The only very strong
objection I have is that he refers to FSO's who served in the State
Department's Near East Bureau as "inmates"--I suppose he means in some
sort of insane asylum. He is of course mistaken in what UNSC security
resolution 242 called for--not defensible borders for Israel, but
withdrawal by Israel from the territories recently occupied by force of
arms. His interpretation of 242 confirms that he is an uncritical
supporter of Israel's positions on these critical issues. Not an
objective student of the problems we have been addressing.
   I would like to know where he lives, so that I could arrive at his
front door with some well-armed colleagues and demand that he vacate his
house and turn it over to us because we think it belongs to us more than
to him. I have no doubt that he would slam the door, which is what we
should do to him.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:        Re: FSO(R) Robert Keeley on the CNI Foundation Ad in New York
Date:   Mon, 1 Jan 2007 16:26:15 EST

In a message dated 8/14/2006 22:17:38 Eastern Standard Time, AFSATEX writes:

    From Bob Keeley

   Friends --

   There follows the full text of a letter to the President from the
   Council for the National Interest Foundation (of which I am proud to be
   the current chairman) which was published in a full-page ad in
   yesterday's New York Times as Page 8 of the Week in Review section
   opposite the editorial page (Page 9). This is the third in a series of
   six such ads that CNIF has contracted with the Times to be published at
   two-month intervals throughout this year. The cost to CNIF is $45,000
   per ad. They reach 1.8 million Times subscribers nationwide, and
   three times that number of readers. The ads include a coupon section
   appealing for financial support for this effort to change American
   policy on the Middle East. If any of you cannot resist the urge to help
   out, please send a check to CNIF at the address at the end of the
   letter, or you can do it by credit card on the CNIF website: Be sure to make it payable to CNIF (and
   not to
   CNI) because that is tax deductible by you as a contribution to a
   non-profit educational organization.
   *What Next in the Middle East?*

   A Commission of Wise Men

   August 13, 2006

   Dear Mr. President,

   We are Americans from all fifty states who are, frankly, ashamed and
   puzzled by our policy in the Middle East. As Americans, we are sickened
   that the region is in a state of humanitarian crisis with thousands of
   innocent civilians needlessly suffering due largely to your
   inaction. We
   believe that the absence of the United States in the period leading up
   to the current crisis has been unprecedented in American diplomacy.

Dear Mr. Keeley,

Dont know who your wise men are, but they clearly dont see the whole
picture in the Middle East and thankfully represent a minority opinion
in the United States.

   Most Americans believe that srael has the right to defend itself. It
   is up to the Lebanese government and people to secure the borders of
   the country. As long as they fail to do that, they will have to pay
   a price, which is imposed by Hesbollah and not by Israel.

The Arab League proposal of 2002 makes no sense whatever because it
intends to achieve what the Arab armies lost in several wars started by
them. As far back as the 1967 Security Council resolution ending the
1967 war it was recognized by all the powers that the 1967 armistice
lines had no legitimacy and that Israel could not be required to accept
them as formal frontiers. The resolution, and subsequent resolutions,
call for negotiations with the objectives, inter, alia, of establishing
final and defensible frontiers for Israel.

The last negotiation to bring this about was the Clinton initiative in
2000 which was vetoed by the Palestinians.If accepted by Artafat, the
Palestinians would have gained more than 95% of the West Bank and Gaza
and a foothold in Jerusalem. They will surely get less the next time around.

Given this history it fatuous for you and the Arab League to press for
the resoration of the armistice lines as borders and to blame Israel for
the casualties that have occurred as a result of the Hesbollah attacks
on Israel.

During my foreign service career I spent some time in the Near East
Bureau and had to deal with many of the inmates. They came in all
stripes. Many saw the issues clearly and did their best to support the
policy handed to them by their superiors. Others were so blinded by
hatred of Israel that they found considerable difficulties in focussing
on the issues confronting the United States, even when they came to
South Asia where I met many of them.

Personally, I wish that the big powers had found other ways to solve the
Jewish refugee problems than to bring these homeless people to Israel.
But that is water over the dam. Israel now exists and the Arabs should
help look for a real solution. Population shifts occur all through
history; and many are difficult. Look at the Armenian  and Kurdish
problems in Turkey.In 1945 Poland was moved almost 150 miles to the West
with ire results for the German and Polish populations that had to be
moved. Remember the Greek Turkmey exchange of population of the
twenties. The Bosnian and Croat problems, The kosovars and the
India/Pakistan exchange.

Given all this history, the Palestinian problem looks like small
potatoes AWith the promised help from many countries, it should not be
difficult to resettle those Palestinians that cannot find homes and work
in the new state. Palestinians have already demonstrated that they are
capable, well educarted and willing to work and many have found places
in other countries including in America. They should renounce their
militancy which has made it difficult in many cases for them to be
absorbed or to be accepted.

I hope you people will start looking for a real peace process which does
not rest on blaming Israel (and the Jews) for all the problems and that
is based on realistic expectations of the kind of concessdions that can
be expected from Israel.

Sincerely, Walter Furst
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