When you read the news story below, what do you see?
I see the convening of the Eurabian Politburo for its first plenary meeting.
And now it’s official: Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has sold his soul for a hudna with those who would exterminate his nation and his people.
In the text below I’ve highlighted the names of those luminaries who will become the EUSSR’s equivalents of the bemedalled generals reviewing the troops in Red Square on May Day in the USSR. Some other Politburo names that should have been there are Gordon Brown, Angela Merkel, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Jan Peter Balkenende, and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, among others.
Ladies and Gentlemen, behold the upcoming inauguration of the Euro-Mediterranean Union:
Med Union: Libya Out, Israel, Palestine in Together
(ANSAMed) Brussels, July 10 — The only unjustified absence from the summit in Paris which will launch the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) will be Libya because the remaining 44 countries from the two coasts of the Mediterranean will be represented: from Mauritania to Turkey for the South, from Portugal to Lithuania for the North, the Euro-Mediterranean leaders have answered to the appeal of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and on Sunday will greet the birth of the new partnership and will attend the handshake between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, together for the occasion.
Sarkozy has arranged things so that on July 13 not only the birth of the Union is celebrated but also the dress rehearsal for the reconciliation in the Middle East: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will sit next to PNA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and also Syrian President Bashar al Assad will return for the first time on the table of international diplomacy after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and the accusations for Syria’s alleged direct involvement in the case.
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Turkey also has put rancour aside and on Sunday Prime Minister Tayyp Erdogan will smile from the Grand Palais in Paris together with the others, comforted by the promise of the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso: Ankara’s membership in the UfM was not an alternative to the EU membership talks, he said.
However, the Turkish know that they will have to settle accounts with France which wants them in the UfM but does not want them in the EU and is ready to do everything to slacken Turkey’s talks with Brussels. Syria, Israel and PNA, the southeast countries most uncertain in their response to Sarkozy, bring to 44 the number of countries which will be part of the UfM, five more compared to the Barcelona Process or the Euro-Mediterranean partnership because the West Balkan countries and Monaco also have been invited.
All Maghreb countries have joined the initiative, except for Libya of Gaddafi who rejected the project, calling it “an evil idea and an insult to Arab and African countries”. Algeria, until two days uncertain about its participation in the summit, has decided to take part after obtaining a promise that there would be no group photo on which President Abdelaziz Bouteflika would be forced to appear together with Israeli Prime Minister Olmert. Everyone has agreed that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict which has blocked the first Euro-Mediterranean partnership should not ruin the festivity of the 44 leaders. We would have to see whether the dress rehearsal of the Middle East reconciliation which Sarkozy is preparing for Sunday will be only an act or a prologue to a new course.
Muammar the Gadfly — who would ever have thought that Qaddafi would be the odd man out in this massively corrupt division of spoils? Was there nothing in the deal that was sweet enough to overcome the insult to his Arab honor?
We live in interesting times.
Hat tip: insubria.