I both laughed and cried when I saw Salomon L Vaz Dias write about "the clarity of vision President Bush displayed...". I laughed because it is so ludicrous, but then I cried because the consequences of Bush's disasterous failed policies are so great. First, Bush exudes hubris by thinking that only he knows best for every situation in the world. No dissent is tolerated, either from within the US nor from without. His naive idea that democracy will solve the problems of the middle east have been surpisingly unquesitoned -- forgetting the fact that most Arab countries would elect a hate-Israel party in free elections. Second, Bush has overextended the US by trying to implement his ideas through force. Again, dissent is ignored -- if you disagree you are guilty of favoring terrorism. Third, Bush has followed a "guns and butter" policy by refusing to ask the people of the US to pay for his adventures through taxes. We are dumping the costs onto our children and our grandchildren. Fourth, Bush has successfully convinced many pro-Israel Americans that he cares about Israel's best interests. The fact is, the Arabs have been begging the US government to try to impose a peace settlement since the end of the six day war; with Bush, they finally have a President who is willing to do that. It really doesn't matter what the peace agreement looks like because Israel is becoming a non-sovereign nation. As such, its very existence can be negotiated away. But the Republicans have really good marketing people -- a lot of Americans still buy the story.
4.2-scale earthquake felt in Dead Sea, Jerusalem area (Haaretz)
from the article: If Bush is really serious