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April 30, 2001
Bush's Policy Finally Clear, Clearly Biased

by Ramzy Baroud

 
 

This article is posted in full at:
www.arabia.com/News/article/english/0,1690,43725,00.html

Bush's foreign policy clearly biased

With regards to issues related to the Mideast, the new American president has failed the test of courage.

By Ramzy Baroud

WASHINGTON - Confusion and uncertainty were the theme of the new American administration, not only with regards to issues related to the Middle East, but many other foreign policy challenges. However, confusion is slowly fading and clarity is taking over.

US President George W. Bush waves to the media upon returning to the White House

'Bush is just another American president, as biased as they can be, and as unfair ..'

The results however, although expected are unfortunate. The new American president has failed the test of courage.

True, George W. Bush is just another American president, as biased as they can be, and as unfair, easily bought and sold as all others. Nonetheless, one must not forget to ponder this unique case. It’s truly a classic example of the power of the Zionist lobby, the influence of Israel, and the incompetence and lack of Arab vision.

Even before his inauguration, Bush indicated that the new Administration would divorce its role in the Middle East peace process, a role that was orchestrated and maintained by former president Bill Clinton.

Clinton, despite his involvement as a mediator and often a third party in trilateral negotiations, presented a perfect example of what honesty and evenhandedness is not. He paid little consideration to the dignity of Palestinians and their leadership, reportedly yelling at PNA chairman Yasser Arafat himself in various occasions.

And while briefed the media on his efforts to bring both parties back to the negotiation table, he “aided” the Israeli government with additional military equipment worth 800 million dollars, only days before he ended his infamous legacy as president.

Clinton’s unfairness was likely the reason behind the infusion of optimism that overshadowed Arab governments and media upon Bush’s arrival.

Bill Clinton's legacy

'Clinton’s unfairness was likely the reason behind the infusion of optimism .. upon Bush’s arrival.'

They were encouraged by the man’s declared intentions to halt the American intervention in the region’s business. Hope swelled even more following US secretary of state Collin Powell’s first Middle East tour. Powell was quoted as saying statements not many American officials often dare to utter, such as demanding a lift of the Israeli siege within Palestinian territories.

But what happened between these good old days and the present? Has Bush himself become a vital player in the Israeli propaganda machine? Why is Bush blaming Arafat and Palestinians for the violence as his predecessor did repeatedly, daring to voice such words even during Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's recent Washington visit?

And how are Arab leaders responding to such a complete shift of policy? Has the Amman summit developed any sort of mechanism to combat such bias?

This article is posted in full at:
www.arabia.com/News/article/english/0,1690,43725,00.html