Monday, February 14, 2005

Chicken Little... or Pragmatist?

Daniel Pipes gave a great interview on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation show, Lateline about the situation between Israel and the PA. The host, Tony Jones, kept trying to get Pipes to say the summit at Sharm is a wonderful opportunity for peace. He felt Sharon must agree (Pipes doesn't) that Abu Mazen is sincere or else he wouldn't have shaken Mazen's hand -- doesn't Mr. Pipes agree? This led to one of my favorite exchanges:


DANIEL PIPES: I would agree with you that the Israeli Government and particularly the prime minister doesn't agree with me. But I've often disagreed with Israeli prime ministers.

TONY JONES: Seriously, wouldn't they be in a much better position than you to judge him?

DANIEL PIPES: They've made mistakes before.


Well, ain't that the truth. Pipes goes on about various reasons why it's hard to trust Mazen and how he, as someone not directly involved, could possibly be seeing the bigger picture. I have to say I agree with his skepticism. While it'd be great to believe that peace is just around the corner, there are too many signs to the contrary and Pipes states those quite effectively in this interview.


At 4:02 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

I don't trust Arafat 2 as far as I can throw him, and I can't throw aging, chain-smoking, duplicitous, Holocaust-denying, big jihad-having Arab leaders very far. When it comes to the overtures toward peace from the PA, you want to err waaaaaaay over on the side of caution. Sharon knows this, and it doesn't mean anything that he shook his hand.

Pipes is a bright and perspicacious guy, but the masses, unfortunately, rarely pay much mind to such people. Pipes was trying to warn us of the Islamic threat for years before the murderous mujahideen finally brought the jihad to our shores in 2001.

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

"TONY JONES: It's time, isn't it, to put aside that sort of skepticism and, as Condoleezza Rice says, seize the chance for the best opportunity we may see for peace for years?

DANIEL PIPES: Is that an order?"

That was my favorite quote.

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Esther said...

patrick, i'd still like to see you try to toss him. And I agree with you about Pipes.

gindy, i loved that quote too! it was my second fave.


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