Friday, January 11, 2008

All is Frustratingly Relative

President Bush, as I saw him on the television last night, had on a big smile and, I presume, was attempting to be a bit witty when he said:-

You’ll be happy to hear that my motorcade of a mere 45 cars was able to make it through without being stopped, but I’m not so exactly sure that’s what happens to the average person.”

But Steve Erlanger had this spin on it:-

Foul weather brought Mr. Bush unexpectedly in contact with Israel security measures that have become a main grievance for Palestinians and their leaders. His helicopter grounded, Mr. Bush drove in a motorcade to Ramallah, passing through an Israeli checkpoint in the hulking concrete barrier the Israelis have erected along and inside parts of the border with the West Bank.

Asked about his own impressions seeing the barrier for the first time, Mr. Bush acknowledged Israel’s security measures and the hardships they cause.

“Checkpoints create frustrations for people,” he said. “They create a sense of security for Israel; they create massive frustrations for the Palestinians.

I left home just before 6AM to avoid the frustrations Bush caused those driving on the road yesterday morning.

But all is releative. At least my Jewish neighbors weren't attemtping to smuggle intio Israel any weapons or explosives and surely were not acting as suicide bombers.

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