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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion ...
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Opinion page editor Rick Holmes and other writers blog about national politics and issues. Holmes & Co. is a Blog for Independent Minds, a place for a free-flowing discussion of policy, news and opinion. This blog is the online cousin of the Opinion section of the MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, Mass. As such, our focus starts there and spreads to include Massachusetts, the nation and the world. Since successful blogs create communities of readers and writers, we hope the \x34& Co.\x34 will also come to include you.
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Rick posed an interesting conundrum on another thread. He made some comment about the need for peace in the Middle East. The problem with his comment was the lack of definition of the bogus word “peace.” What exactly does that mean? Well, for most of the Cold War, “peace” meant stasis, meaning a balance of power, detente, an absence of actual combat. Frankly, the Middle East is, in so many ways, remarkably peaceful. Any unrest in the Middle East has come from unconscionable tampering with the status quo during five years of the current American regime meddling with something it doesn’t understand. I’m not sure why Obama misses the point, but the PLO and Israel are remarkably happy with the status quo, and don’t want an American forced “settlement.” Indeed, the PLO is fully cognizant of how well peace worked out for Sadat. So if peace is stasis, the Middle East is at peace, and will only improve when the United States stops stoking flamings out of something this is nothing more than harmless embers. Peace is one of those fuzzy American values that doesn’t translate outside of our little island. Nor should it.

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