Geez, I do hope that at least they have lots of music and cotton candy and crackerjacks. That’s about all they’ll have to offer, if the performance is not to be a total waste of time.. The Bush Cirque at Annapolis is up and running and we’re all invited to watch the show. So now, here they go, performing all the tricks they’ve practiced for years. Hurry and get your tickets to watch the nonsense begin.
It’s the Bushco, last-minute, save-your-legacy photo op: after seven years, a make believe moment meant to assure the world that he gives a damn about peace in the Middle East. It’s an absolute circus – a farcical conference of forty nations that looks real and looks sincere and is so damned foolish as to be laughable. But, then again, it might look good in the Bush Library when this tragic term is over, so go for it. Get the Israelis and the Arab envoys on their individual trapezes and let them swing away. What fun, what nonsense, but then again, what great PR and what super headlines. But, in reality, it’s all a futile exercise in total bullshit.
Here’s the rub: all of the acrobats are swinging through the air, determined never, ever to catch one another in mid flight. The Israelis know they will never give up land or settlements for peace. The Palestinians fly with pipe dreams of the right of return and a land of their own, but refuse to denounce violence. The other Muslim nations pretend they can make autonomous choices, and act as if every movement in their performance is not directed totally by the White House..
The final orchestration will come from Condoleezza Rice. She will try, without success, to force the Arab nations to agree to everything Israel demands, in return for protection from the uninvited villains, Iran and Hamas. There will be carrots and sticks, prodding the performers to do the bidding of their host, and their will be all the illusions and smoke and mirrors that make circuses so much fun. And in the end, everyone will go home, and nothing will change.
When it’s all over, as usual, Israel will blame the intransigence of the Arabs, and the Arabs will blame the arrogance of the Israelis, and everyone will get more weapons from the US to kill one another in greater and greater numbers. After all, never forget that war is profitable, and peace is dull. But let the show begin, so that George Bush can pretend to be a statesman for the history books. In truth, he is far more the buffoon and the fool. But, the show must go on, and the media will report that progress appears to be taking place. That’s their job, and they do it so well.
Watch the coverage. It will look so real and so sincere and so hopeful. But, in fact, the acrobats will all be swinging through the air, and there will be no nets to catch them when they fall. There will only be more bombs, more rocket attacks and more warfare. George Bush has no clue as to what it might take to move even an inch forward in the region. It takes far more than a conference hosted by a warmonger who sees no wrong in illegal invasions and murderous occupations. Far, far, more….
Never mind. Get your bag of popcorn and your can of soda, and take a seat in the peanut gallery. Here come the clowns.