In the midst of justifiable gloom, there is no small amount of good news in the land.
Some lessons clearly jump out – and some old ones are reinforced
There is a key phrase in the title above – “so far.” This sorry saga is far from over; some hard lessons are surely to come for just about everyone. But some useful lessons have already arrived. Let’s look at a few of them.
- Grass Roots Resistance has Power:Let’s not kid ourselves. While the executive order is indeed a reversal, it creates new problems and uncertainties, and leaves some old ones in place. But there is little doubt that sustained and spreading repulsion stopped the advancement of a singularly ill-conceived approach.
The Middle East Showed Me a Window into America That I Did Not Wish to Look Through.
Some years ago, I had the opportunity to travel throughout most of Israel, and with a bit of deliberate violation of the strictures of my passport, some areas of Lebanon under Hezbollah control.
I was with an international group of military officers, not a US group, and so I travelled pretty much a different path than most American tourists.
I went through the myriad of checkpoints, wandered through Arab neighborhoods, spoke at length with Israelis and Palestinians.