As Secretary of State John Kerry testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week on why his latest effort of obtaining a Peace Accord between Israel and Palestine broke down, it occurred to me that C-SPAN might attract a couple more viewers if, like most sports stations, they had an on-screen scoreboard.
That’s right. I watch C-SPAN so you don’t have to.
Anyway, with an on-screen scoreboard we would know exactly how Secretary of State Kerry was faring in worldwide peace talks since being appointed to possible presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s old job on Groundhog’s Day Eve 2013.
Kerry’s Peace Progress:
Negotiated — 4
Signed — 0
In case you’re wondering, and I know you are, SOS Kerry described to the Senate committee he knew the peace talks failed by explaining:
“Poof, that was sort of the moment. We find ourselves where we are”
According to Mr. Kerry the precipitating event was Israel’s announcement of 700 new housing units for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem, which came three days after a deadline passed for Israel to release Palestinian prisoners.
Three days after a deadline passes is not out of the blue — poof, all of the sudden — poof or without warning — poof.
It’s more like...
Slowly I turned.
Turned away from the peace talk table and gradually do what Israel was going to do in the first place before SOS Kerry arrived. Build 700 new housing units for Jewish settlers and keep the Palestinian prisoners.
The way the peace proceeding went for Kerry, the chances are that if he stayed one more day, the Israelis might have had the Palestinian prisoners build the 700 housing units.
This century, asking a Secretary of State to negotiate a successful peace agreement is a stretch as Madeline Albright, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and now John Kerry can attest.
A peace of history you might have lived through, Part I — In 1995, then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher was integral in the peace agreement reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, that put an end to the three-and-ahalf-year-long Bosnian War.
After 20 days of November negotiating at Wright-Patterson the accord became known as the Dayton Agreement which was signed Dec. 14 of that same year in, you guessed it:
A peace of history you might have lived through, Part II — On Feb. 21, 1958, British artist Gerald Holtom drew a symbol that was a circle with three lines inside it, which was first introduced in England two months later at a march against nuclear war. The symbol?
The Peace Sign.
In 1960, the Peace Sign cleared immigration and began to be used as the symbol for the peace movement in the United States.
After this peace setback along with his peace failure in Syria, about the only way John Kerry could negotiate a successful peace treaty is if a bacon and cheese war broke out between Canada and Switzerland.
Just their luck, instead of offering pumpernickel or rye as a go-between settlement, John Kerry would probably suggest white bread.
If President Obama is serious about bringing peace to the world, he should not rely on one person in one position to be his liaison to the world such as a Secretary of State. What he should do is assemble a unit of people whose combined specialties would make up Peace Team USA.
Peace Team USA could be made up of our nation’s top financial, educational and military minds and be led by the president himself. He should have the time; afterall the Dayton Agreement was agreed upon in 20 days.
Quick! Name something important President Obama has done that required his physical presence in the last 20 days.
Oh wait. Somebody had to color the eggs for Monday’s White House Easter egg roll.
Peace Team USA led by President Obama would set precedence for presidents to come in the United States as they would have to actually campaign for peace in order to be elected.
As John Kerry has proven, when it comes to peace, the old way is not working.
It’s no longer time to “Peace Out”
It’s now time to “Peace In”