Romney’s Comments: Realism VS Wishful Thinking

Governor Romney's September 18, 2012 assessments of the Palestinian issue – opposing the "two state solution” - highlight the battle between data-driven realism and desire-driven wishful-thinking.

Data-driven realists are cognizant of the linkage between the increasingly anti-American seismic "Arab Street' on the one hand, and the nature of the proposed Palestinian state on the other hand. The more radicalized, unpredictable, violent, terrorist-ridden and anti-US the "Arab Street,” the more terror-oriented the proposed Palestinian state. The latter would be led by Palestinian organizations, which have been the role model of international terrorism since the 1960s. They were supporters of Bin Laden (whose mentor was a Palestinian – Abdullah Naji from Jenin), staunch allies of Saddam Hussein, Khomeini, the Soviet Union and the ruthless East European regimes. Their predecessors – e.g., Haj Amin Al Husseini - were Nazi Germany collaborators.

Track record-driven realists recognize the devastating impact of the proposed Palestinian state upon vital US economic and military interests. For instance, a Palestinian state would produce a tailwind for internal terrorism in Iraq, the Gulf and Jordan, providing training and indoctrination bases for international terrorists. It would add a feather to the cap of the Moslem Brotherhood (Mahmoud Abbas was expelled from Cairo in the 1950s due to his key role in the Palestinian cell of the Moslem Brotherhood). A Palestinian state would doom to oblivion the already shaky pro-US Hashemite regime in Jordan, creating an anti-US axis from Iran to Gaza. It would constitute a diplomatic, intelligence and operational military East Mediterranean anti-US beachhead for North Korea, China, Iran and Russia (Russian-speaking Mahmoud Abbas has had intimate ties with Moscow since his graduation from KGB courses and his role as Arafat's emissary to Communist capitals). A Palestinian state would add another anti-US vote at the UN, rewarding the Palestinian Authority, which has forced the flight of Christians from Bethlehem, Beit Jallah and Ramallah....

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