Friday, January 18, 2008

Real root causes

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President Bush used his speech in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to reiterate many of the same accusations about Iran that we have heard him throw around. Bush is entitled to his warped opinions about Iran, but his message would have been better-suited for delivery to his deluded cronies in the White House than to his wiser allies in the Gulf.

The average American might be fooled by Bush’s latest attempt to lump al-Qaida, “freedom-haters,” Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Iraqi insurgents and Iran into the same lot, but the people of this region have a much better understanding of these phenomenons and forces. They fortunately also have a better sense of the real root causes of the region’s challenges, as well as the required solutions. Thus, the Iranian people can rest easily knowing that Gulf Arab leaders will respond wisely to Bush’s latest attempt to stir up mischief.

About the only friends Bush seems to have left are the big-business billionaire boys whose multibillion-dollar corporations are booming because of his economic policies.

Ted Rudow III,MA

Menlo Park

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