How to Build a State


J.L. Wall

J.L. Wall is a native Kentuckian in self-imposed exile to the Midwest, where he teaches writing to college students and over-analyzes Leonard Cohen lyrics.

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  1. Avatar Kolohe says:

    I was the one who asked. Thanks!Report

  2. Avatar Kolohe says:

    My gut take after reading it is that
    1) I belive the Obama administration has a few arrows in the quiver that would avoid a 14-1 veto scenario in the security council. Though I could see a closer vote with veto scenario.
    2) A 14-1 vote would undoubtably mean that the General assembly would have the 2/3 vote required, but a closer security council vote would correlate with General assembly support that may not meet the supermajority threshold. I’d give the odds of reaching that threshold at no better than 50/50 at this time.
    3) A really overwhelming vote would be hard to ignore, but a closer vote to accept a Palestinian state (that is one w/o Security Council imprimatur but with the bare 2/3 majority) would be less difficult – there’s already plenty enough of internal contradictions in the UN that one more, even this relatively large one one make much difference (and of course no credible enforcement mechanism, unless the US or (maybe) everyone else on the security council – together – get involved). And of course, if it doesn’t pass, status quo prevails.

    Bottom line, I think this will push the issue, but not to the point of crisis that some observers – and the Palestinian leadership itself – believes it will. Or rather, it would be a crisis is would not be substanitally different than either of the last two infitadas, or the last Gaza incursion, or the last Lebanon incursion.Report

  3. Avatar Martha says:

    I stand with Israel. The jewish people are such a small group of people on this planet. Why the hell don’t MUSLIMS/Islamobots just leave the people alone and let them live thier lives.
    When is the last time Israel and thier people cut off peoples heads, hands and stoned people to death ? Hmm…I didn’t think one coudl remember.
    Out of all the different ethic groups of people in the world…Muslims are the most violent group of misfit scumbags I have ever seen or known of of all time.
    If the entire population of them vanished from the face of the earth the ENTIRE WORLD would be such a better place for the rest of the people on the planet to live. I would surely not miss them. They live and act like a bunch of savages.
    People of China, Japan, Canada,India, America. etc do not act like that or do the things they do as a whole.
    This is a very misguided brainwashed bunch of crazy people.
    I have no use for any of them. There are no peaceful MUSLIMS. If they worship the KORAN and all its teachings then how can they be peace loving normal folks. THEY ARE NOT.
    Never have been, never will be. They are the ROOT of evil in the world.
    And they want to KILL THE JEWS ?
    Give me a break.
    Without them…what a wonderful world it would be !Report