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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


The "peace" envoy

In case anyone had any illusions that George Mitchell's mission to the Middle East was going to change anything, the picture at left doesn't even do justice to the video footage I watched on Al Jazeera this morning. It was all smiles and warm handshakes as Mitchell visited Ehud Olmert, the butcher of Gaza.

Mitchell started his visit in Egypt. Any concrete results there? Here's the news from Egypt this morning:

Cairo has officially refused to give an Iranian relief ship permission to unload Gaza-bound humanitarian aid [2,000 tons of medical and food supplies] at an Egyptian seaport.

After weeks of stalling the Iranian aid ship Shahed some 25 km (15 miles) off the coast of Gaza, the Egyptian government expressed opposition to the emergency delivery through the Al-Areesh port, an informed source said Wednesday."
Even the simplest concrete action to help the people of Gaza was out of reach for this celebrated "peace envoy."

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