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British Nonsensibilities

I’m not sure what is going on in England, but surely there’s something dodgy about their drinking water.

How else can you explain a number of unbelievable statements emanating from subjects of the Queen.

Take former British Prime Minister-cum-Quartet’s Mideast Envoy Tony Blair, who says the palestinians are starting to carry out their part in the “road map” peace plan.

The Quartet’s Middle East envoy Tony Blair said Thursday that Palestinian security forces had significantly improved and were starting to carry out their part in the long-stalled “road map” peace plan.

The former British prime minister, now the envoy for the Quartet of Middle East peace mediators which include the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations, urged Israel to respond by easing travel and trade restrictions imposed on the Palestinians in the West Bank.

The U.S. government will assess and judge whether Israel and the Palestinians are meeting their obligations under the 2003 road map as part of a push for a Palestinian statehood agreement before U.S. President George W. Bush leaves office next January.

Statehood could hinge on those assessments because Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed not to implement any future peace agreements until Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets his road map obligation to crack down on militants.

“I think it is important to recognize that what has happened here in Nablus over these past few months is, of course, precisely what phase one of the ‘road map’ asks for,” Blair said during a visit to the West Bank city.

Earlier Thursday, during a visit south of Ramallah, he said: “The Palestinian side has improved significantly their security capability.”

The only kind of road map the palestinians are following is the kind that helps them get to Israeli cities – like Dimona – for terrorist attacks.

I do agree with Blair on one point, though. The palestinian side has improved significantly their security capability.

Then we have the Archbishop of Canterbury, who says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK seems unavoidable.

The Archbishop of Canterbury says the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable.”

Dr Rowan Williams told Radio 4’s World at One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.

Dr Williams argues that adopting parts of Islamic Sharia law would help maintain social cohesion.

For example, Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court.

He says Muslims should not have to choose between “the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty.”

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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