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An Arsenal of Adjectives

Over the weekend, Rick Richman wrote a great post about the important sounding adjectives that peace processors hurl at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in lieu of policy. Rick notes some of the most commonly used descriptors for non-existent solutions. There’s fair, equitable, sustainable, viable, impartial, and appropriate.

In Forbes today, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon weighs in with some additional goodies: durable, fully respected, comprehensive, just, and lasting.

Look, isn’t it time for the people truly committed to Middle East Peace to acknowledge that until there is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious agreement among the two sides and a third party, the fighting will continue?

How to describe those, like the secretary general, who maintain against all evidence that there is a partner for peace anywhere in the ranks of Gaza leadership? Let’s go with disingenuous, unhelpful, unserious, delusional, and amnesiac.



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