Saturday, May 17, 2008

Bush Denounces “Talking” as a Form of Conflict Resolution

Jerusalem, Israel – President Bush launched a biting offensive against non-violent conflict resolution Thursday, as he spoke at Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration.

The U.S. President compared suggestions to speak with belligerent leaders to suggestions of diplomatic discussions with the Nazi party made prior to World War II; striking a nerve with Israel’s largely Jewish population. He called the dream of diplomatic communication a “foolish delusion”. Bush indicated that despite never actually having tried to speak with Hitler, prior to the war, it would have been a mistake on the part of our government.

"Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," stated President Bush, noting the implausibility of a persuasive, ingenious argument. He also hinted at the futility of talking.

The speech seemed to be a veiled attack on diplomacy and talking with not-so-veiled undertones of criticism toward the Democratic Party. Bush painted a picture of Democrats as being talkers.

Many believe that this speech was an attempt to turn Jewish-American voters against Democratic Presidential hopeful, Senator Barack Obama. This suspicion was strongly supported when President Bush ended the speech with the following statement;

“Obama wanted me to tell you, 'As-Salaamu Alaikum', whatever that means.”