ISG expert's op-ed in the Boston Globe defies belief
The Iraq Study group relied, in part, on the "expert" testimony of Augustus Richard Norton - an anthropology professor - in formulating its report that provides a "roadmap" for appeasing terrorists in the Middle East. Norton writes an op-ed in this morning's Boston Globe ( a subsidiary of the New York Times) that calls for negotiations and outreach towards Hamas. Augustus Richard Norton chooses as his theme Palestinian fantasy versus reality. Speaking of fantasy, how about this statement from the op-ed:
"A wiser policy would have worked to implicate Hamas in the diplomatic process by insisting on incremental changes that would not only have been more palatable to the Islamist party but permitted it to demonstrate that it was winning some benefits in return for concessions. While the refusal of Hamas to concede the legitimacy of Israel is a core ideological value, the party also endorses a long-term ceasefire with Israel. The Hamas diplomatic position is actually close to that of Israel in terms of accepting negotiations as an incremental process. In contrast, the PLO spurns partial agreements and insists on moving to final status negotiations."