I came home this evening after a grant submission and uploading a bunch of grant reviews hoping to open a bottle of Gruet Brut and write up my account of last week’s Friday Fermentable Live!!! at ScienceOnline’09.
While sitting down, my dear PharmGirl, MD, asked me to read this op-ed essay and scrolled it such that I could not read the author. I immediately suggested that the author was Bill Clinton or Henry Kissinger.
While I was raised in an unusual form of ethnic catholicism (not Roman), I have had just as many Jewish colleagues as Muslim given where I grew up and where I have lived since. My point is that I have no dog in this fight other than to find a solution that allows my colleagues in the Middle East to live in peace and do good science in a cooperative manner (not to mention stop being bombed to hell for just trying to go out and buy some bread).
The shocking level of the last wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence, which ended with this weekend’s cease-fire, reminds us why a final resolution to the so-called Middle East crisis is so important. It is vital not just to break this cycle of destruction and injustice, but also to deny the religious extremists in the region who feed on the conflict an excuse to advance their own causes.
I can’t figure a way to block the author’s name without violating NYT’s copyright but please read the essay in its entirety first. To me, it’s the most sober assessment of the current situation and I would suggest that the President and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton consider seriously the content of this editorial.