Stating the Obvious

I used to enjoy reading Thomas Friedman. But recently I am becoming more and more suspicious that the man is stating (and re-stating) the obvious, yet artfully making it sound as if it’s something we’ve never heard before.

Yesterday’s column has a sensational title: “Why Kerry is Scary”, and Friedman opens with a dramatic paragraph:

It is pretty clear now that Secretary of State John Kerry will either be Israel’s diplomatic salvation or the most dangerous diplomatic fanatic Israel has ever encountered. But there isn’t much room anymore for anything in between. This is one of those rare pay-per-view foreign policy moments. Pull up a chair. You don’t see this every day.

Upon reading the “you don’t see this every day” comment I stopped, got up, made myself a cup of tea, and duly pulled up a chair to read on, prepared to be fascinated and entranced by Friedman’s insights.

So what is that one does not see every day? Here it is, Kerry’s peace plan, not yet public, but we have Friedman who lets us in on this “rare pay-per-view foreign policy moment”:

The “Kerry Plan,” likely to be unveiled soon, is expected to call for an end to the conflict and all claims, following a phased Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank (based on the 1967 lines), with unprecedented security arrangements in the strategic Jordan Valley. The Israeli withdrawal will not include certain settlement blocs, but Israel will compensate the Palestinians for them with Israeli territory. It will call for the Palestinians to have a capital in Arab East Jerusalem and for Palestinians to recognize Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people. It will not include any right of return for Palestinian refugees into Israel proper.

Unbelievable, right?! Admit you didn’t see this coming. Who would have imagined the “Kerry Plan” would be so innovative, so ground-breaking and so breathtaking. Something we never heard before.

Thank you Mr. Friedman. Where would we be without you?


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