The Deep Thoughts Of The Godfather.
This revelatory interview in the relaxation of Crawford, Texas, by Yaron Deckel, amusingly exploited the serenity of the Bush Ranch, to dig up soberity from the bosom of the President of the most powerful nation in the world today.
After the traditional exchange of pleasantries, President Bush dived straight into the depth the relationship between him and Israeli Prime minister Ariel Sharon which he later said, dated back to when he (Bush), was Governor, and Sharon then being a cabinet member of the Israeli government. This, to an appreciable extent helped to build trust and reciprocal confidence between the duo during this critical and testy time Israel is passing through.
President Bush stunned my sensitive ears when he referred to Sharon's decision for unilateral pullout from Gaza as a bold one that struck him speechless. This reveals the mind of the President as using the Sharon government's decision as a litmus test for domestic resistance. He reteirated his conviction that the vaccum being left by Israel in Gaza would not be filled with terrorists, but by a fledging democracy which would have a greater moral authority and capacity to disarm and dismantle terrorist organisations.
He reaffirmed the correctness of Sharon's disengagement on the premise of the exhaustion and failure of the 'Intifada'. While respecting the oppossition's dissent, he expressed faith in Sharon pulling through this domestic resistance. He confidently declared the rift in the Likud Party as disagreement between two friends (apparently refering to Bibi's resignation from cabinet last week).
In the spirit of a godfather that the American State represents, he reassured Israel of doling out Economic assistance of investment and development opportunities in Negev and Galilee, as a kind of reward for an 'obeidient and faithful ally'.
The President did not fail nor mince words when the issue of the Hamas was thrown at him. He espoused his philosophy that terrorism and democracy cannot co-habit in Palestine. Democracy, he argued, is an expression of the will of the people, while he imputed terrorism as an expression of the will of an unruly few.
He justified the procedural order of disengagement before dismantling of terrorist structures. Declaring with a veiled ultimatum that it is now left for Palestinians to prove to the world that they are capable of peaceable, self democratic governance.
The President rounded up his responses with a veiled but moral warning to the new ruling hardliners of Iran to conform with world definition peaceful use of Uranium and desist from 'confrontationism' or face the consequences of her diplomatic arrogance.