Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced the plan at a summit in Spain with President Jacques Chirac of France. "Peace between Israel and the Palestinians means to a large extent peace on the international scene," Zapatero told a news conference.Of course one could suggest other causes for the current violence on the international scene.
Some point out the blinders that are worn which ignore what is really going on in the international scene and prefer to claim:
There is no clash of civilizations, no fundamental tension between modern, industrial societies with free institutions and a largely pre-modern, un-free Islamic world. Thus, terrorism and the threat of nuclear proliferation within and from Islamic countries are not serious threats to life and liberty, and don't deserve all the attention and preventive action from the U.S. and its allies.Focusing on Israel allows the West to ignore the 6,604 killed and injured by Muslim terrorists around the world since 9/11--thus far.
Of course one of the benefits of focusing on Israel is that it allows for solutions that are simple, clean and neat:
Zapatero said the plan had five elements: an immediate cease-fire; formation by the Palestinians of a national unity government that could gain international recognition; an exchange of prisoners - including the three IDF soldiers whose kidnapping sparked the war in Lebanon and fighting in Gaza this summer; talks between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas; and an international mission in Gaza to monitor a cease-fire.Of course this approach ignores the fact that while Israel seeks peace, the Palestinian terrorists, as per their charters--both in Fatah and Hamas--seek the destruction of Israel. Once the Palestinian terrorist state is created, there can be little doubt as to what its intentions will be. But by then the West will have what it wants.
There can be little doubt as to what the reaction of the West or "international monitors" to terrorist attacks will be.
Europe is so desperate to find a way to appease the terrorists that they can shamelessly come up with the most ridiculous ideas for peace:
...the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling for an international force to be sent to Gaza and the West Bank, similar to the UNIFIL force operating in Lebanon.
While the resolution, like another one adopted by the parliament on Thursday that slammed Israel for its military operations in Gaza, is seen as largely declarative, it too reflects growing calls in Europe to transfer the UNIFIL model in Lebanon to Gaza and the West bank.
Considering the failure of UNIFIL to deter anyone except Israel, you get the impression that true peace is no longer really on Europe's agenda--Europe is not looking for peace, it is just looking for a way to stop the fighting. And if that means giving in to the Palestinian terrorists while restraining Israel, then that is what Europe is willing to do.
Israel has been compared to 'the canary in the mine' that gives the first indication of trouble.
You know things are bad when they start getting ready to roast the canary.