Reflecting the perverse logic that has guided the U.S. State Department for decades, sixty former diplomats have written an open letter to President Bush denouncing the current administration?s ?unabashed support? for the sole democracy in the Middle East: Israel.
The hyperbolic screed, released this week, is chock-full of gross overstatements and pure myth.
Yet far more important?and what the media will almost surely overlook?is the stench of bias emanating from almost all of the signers, particularly from the man who organized the effort, former Ambassador Andrew Killgore, who served in Qatar from 1977-1980.
The two-page letter follows the same basic script that has been used by the U.S. Foreign Service more or less since Israel achieved its independence in 1948: ?the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the core of the problems in the Middle East.?
Blame for the trouble in the entire region?of which Israel holds less than one percent of the territory and less than two percent of the population?is pinned on ?Sharon?s extra-judicial assassinations, Israel?s Berlin Wall-like barrier, [and] its harsh military measures in occupied territories.?
Never mind that the ?extra-judicial assassinations? are of terrorist masterminds responsible for the mass slaughter of both innocent Israelis and brainwashed young Palestinians. Or that Israel?s security fence is the furthest thing from a ?Berlin Wall-like barrier.?
The letter also dabbles in fiction, stating, ?By closing the door to negotiations with Palestinians and the possibility of a Palestinian state, you have proved that the U.S. is not an evenhanded peace partner.?
George W. Bush was the first U.S. president to endorse formally the goal of a Palestinian state, albeit one with leaders free from terrorist ties. Standing firm with Sharon?s plan to combat terrorist leaders in no way conflicts with his explicit desire for a Palestinian state.
Israel is obviously imperfect and hardly beyond reproach, but the moral compass of these statesmen is seriously skewed.
Almost none has ever given more than lip service to the idea of condemning suicide bombings, and many of them have made their Golden years truly ?golden? indeed, courtesy of the deep pockets of the Arab nations in which they formerly were stationed.
As noxious as the track records of many of the former diplomats may be, perhaps none is as toxic as that of the man who spearheaded the whole effort, former Ambassador Andrew Killgore. A quick inspection of his history shows that he should be the last person giving lessons on ?evenhandedness.?
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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