Monday, May 25, 2009

Natural Growth

Natural, as in "natural growth", is defined thus:

Main Entry:

Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French naturel, from Latin naturalis of nature, from natura nature
Date: 14th century

1: based on an inherent sense of right and wrong

2 a: being in accordance with or determined by nature b: having or constituting a classification based on features existing in nature

3 a (1): begotten as distinguished from adopted ; also : legitimate (2): being a relation by actual consanguinity as distinguished from adoption b: illegitimate

4: having an essential relation with someone or something : following from the nature of the one in question

5: implanted or being as if implanted by nature : seemingly inborn

6: of or relating to nature as an object of study and research

7: having a specified character by nature

8 a: occurring in conformity with the ordinary course of nature : not marvelous or supernatural b: formulated by human reason alone rather than revelation c: having a normal or usual character

9: possessing or exhibiting the higher qualities (as kindliness and affection) of human nature

10 a: growing without human care ; also : not cultivated b: existing in or produced by nature : not artificial c: relating to or being natural food

11 a: being in a state of nature without spiritual enlightenment : unregenerate b: living in or as if in a state of nature untouched by the influences of civilization and society

12 a: having a physical or real existence as contrasted with one that is spiritual, intellectual, or fictitious
b: of, relating to, or operating in the physical as opposed to the spiritual world

13 a: closely resembling an original : true to nature b: marked by easy simplicity and freedom from artificiality, affectation, or constraint c: having a form or appearance found in nature

And in an interview
of Abderrahim Foukara [???] of Al Jazeera with Hillary Rodham Clinton,
Secretary of State, Washington, DC, May 19, 2009, Mrs. Clinton was asked and replied:

...QUESTION: Madame Secretary, when President Obama yesterday talked about the issue of settlements and he said that he wanted the Israelis to freeze the building on the West Bank, does that mean that he wants the settlements, the existing settlements, to be rolled back to the 1967 border, specifically?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, there are two pieces to that question. First, we want to see a stop to settlement construction, additions, natural growth – any kind of settlement activity. That is what the President has called for.

We also are going to be pushing for a two-state solution which, by its very name, implies borders that have to be agreed to. And we expect to see two states living side by side, a state for the Palestinians that will be sovereign and within which the Palestinians will have the authorities that come with being in charge of a state with respect to such activities as settlements. So it’s really a two-step effort here. We want to see a stop now, and then, as part of this intensive engagement that Senator Mitchell is leading for us, we want to move toward a two-state solution with borders for the Palestinians.

and at 1:54, you can see her and hear her say it:

Well, I think what comes naturally will be a bit overwhelming for the Secretary of State and the President.

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