When Everybody Is In Charge, Nobody Is. . .
Vol: 71 Issue: 27 Monday, August 27, 2007
When Everybody Is In Charge, Nobody Is. . .
This week, Israeli President Shimon Peres told a Japanese newspaper that Israel was planning to present an outline of a final offer to the Palestinians that will include everything they asked for, including the West Bank.
Moreover, Peres said, this outline would be presented to the Palestinians by next month!
The plan, drafted by Peres, would evacuate and transfer to the Palestinians nearly the entire West Bank and several Arab Israeli cities located within territory that undisputedly is Israel’s according to the international community.
Peres told the Nikkei, a Japanese business daily, “To work out the details (of the political if not the geographical outline of a future Palestinian state) will take more time, but (as for) principles, yes, we can achieve an agreement” before the autumn peace conference, he said.
According to Peres, his plan will lead to ‘peaceful coexistence’ with the Palestinians. Instead of achieving it by extending an olive branch of peace, Peres’ plan will extend a pen and Israel’s checkbook.
“We shall go in a policy of two tracks, economic development and political negotiations, one complementary to the other but not dependent upon it,” he said.
Peres proposes handing 97% of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) over to the Palestinians, with 3% to be retained by Israel for existing border settlements. To “compensate” the Palestinians for the 3%, it will surrender some Israeli cities north of Tel Aviv, making up the difference.
The plan would include the ethnic cleansing of Jews from the West Bank, as well as the cleansing of Jews from the Israeli cities along the coast.
Peres evidently met in secret with the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad last week, where he presented the plan to Fayyad, as well as sending a copy to the European Union.
The Palestinians and the European Union are said to be considering what will undoubtedly soon be dubbed the “Peres Peace Plan” (the media loves alliteration).
Here’s the thing, though. Peres is the President of Israel. The President of Israel is a ceremonial role. The power as head of state rests with the Israeli Prime Minister.
Israel’s President is closer to the role of Vice-President in the US government, except even more ceremonial.
The American VP’s job is to attend lesser functions of state, such as funerals of lesser world leaders, or ceremonially representing the US at world events. A US VP has no actual power.
When he was offered the job by party officials as Zachary Taylor’s running mate, Daniel Webster reportedly spurned the offer with the words, “I do not intend to be buried until after I am dead.”
But a US vice-president CAN become president, should the sitting head of state die, become incapacitated or resign. If something happens to the Israeli Prime Minister, the Knesset simply elects a new one. The President of Israel remains at his ceremonial post.
The point is, the Israeli president’s role is even less powerful than a US vice-president’s. He is in charge of nothing.
Peres took his plan to the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad. In the Palestinian Authority’s ‘system’ of government, (if one can call it a ‘system’ or a ‘government’), the reverse is true. The power as head of state rests with its president, currently Mahmoud Abbas.
Fayyad was appointed to his job by Abbas when Hamas split from the government. Previously, the Palestinian Prime Minister was Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeheh. The Palestinian Authority was careful to craft its system so the Palestinian Prime minister had no more authority than Israel’s president.
The principle peace broker is not the European Union, it is the United States. The United States is in charge, both by historical tradition and UN mandate, of the overall peace process as the principle broker of the Quartet.
This is the equivalent of the US vice-president presenting a plan to the Governor-General of Canada to cede Alaska to Canada under the official auspices and supervision of the Chinese government.
When everybody is in charge, nobody is.
One can see the same principle in operation here in the United States, with the same chaotic results. When everybody is in charge, nobody is.
The federal government is supposed to be in charge of immigration. Throughout the United States, various cities and towns have declared themselves to be ‘sanctuary cities’ where federal immigration laws are abrogated by local decree.
This week, a WND column by actor and martial artist Chuck Norris highlighting Dodge City, Kansas, which he reminded readers, was once the charge of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday.
Today, he calls it by its nickname, “Little Mexico” where, in the last decade, the population demographic of students has reversed from 70% white American to 70% Mexican. Forty-four percent of them cannot speak English fluently.
Norris quoted Ford County Sheriff Dean Bush: “If these people can get past the gauntlet of the border, we welcome them here with open arms.”
We were just in Dodge City a couple of months ago. An hour after we arrived, my wife and our little dog were attacked by a pit bull, so we didn’t get to see much of it. Dodge City passed an ordinance against pit bulls after it became a dog-fighting center.
We learned at the emergency room that pit bull attacks were common in Dodge City. After the ordinance passed, pit fighters were simply turned loose on the town by their owners, mainly illegal immigrants.
But what little we did see conforms precisely to Norris’ description. The old downtown area along Wyatt Earp Blvd is preserved largely as it was in his day. There is a even a Boot Hill Square in the middle of town. But every sign on every business was in Spanish. There were no tourist stores.
We didn’t see tourists touring the old buildings or walking along the boardwalk out front. I did, however see a couple of Latinos passed out on the boardwalk. A group of Hispanic teenaged-boys stood in a circle on the boardwalk.
(Evidently, they were so poor they could only afford one cigarette, which they were sharing between them.)
The Commander-in-Chief is supposed to be in charge of US military policy abroad. Instead, everybody from the Congress to the State Department to next year’s presidential hopefuls are trying to run the war by legislation, popular opinion, or for political advantage.
The resulting chaos has the US military tied up in quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan while the real threat, Iran, continues to prepare itself for all out war against the infidel West.
Nobody is really in charge of US foreign policy — and it shows.
In Europe, there are twenty-eight leaders all purporting, at one point or another, to speak for Europe. Brussels has a full-time ministry of bureaucrats whose only job is to re-articulate EU policy after it has been publicly mangled by Paris, Berlin or London.
Nobody is sure who is in charge in Europe, so if a party doesn’t like the answer it gets from Brussels, there is always Paris, London or Berlin.
(This has been Iran’s favorite negotiating tactic. It’s proved very effective so far.)
The result of two many cooks spoiling the broth is obvious. And there is only one solution. The world is rapidly coming to the conclusion that, without strong central leadership, it is doomed. That is why are there so many concurrent efforts to centralize governments into regional groupings.
There is the EU, the Asian “Dragon Nation” Alliance, the Russian Federation, the Organization of African States, the Organization of the Islamic Alliance, and the possible merger of the US, Canada and Mexico into a North American Union.
But these mergers are all in flux because nobody is really in charge — they are all ruled by committee. (And as everybody knows, a committee is an organism with multiple stomachs and no brain.)
The Bible says that in the last days, there will develop a growing hunger for strong, centralized global leadership to address the world’s growing problems before mankind steps off the precipice of self-destruction.
That hunger, according to Scripture, will predicate the rise of a world leader who will seemingly provide the answers to the crisis of leadership threatening to destroy human civilization.
The Bible never pictures the antichrist as seizing power; instead, power is willingly ceded to him by a weary and frightened global population.
We aren’t there yet, but we grow ever closer.