United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived this week on the West Bank determined to resolve the long-standing conflict between Arabs and Israelis. It was reported only Tuesday that peace had accordingly broken out in the Middle East as Mrs. Clinton met in earnest discussions with Gaza’s Hamas leadership, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who is taking time away from the rioters calling for his dismemberment in Cairo to extend the hand of friendship and cooperation amidst the chaos and destruction of recent weeks. Despite continued launchings of missiles into Israeli territory, and the terror bombing of an Israeli bus, Mrs. Clinton pluckily informed the media that, “In the days ahead, the United States will work with our partners here in Israel and across the region toward an outcome that bolsters security for the people of Israel, improves conditions for the people of Gaza and moves toward a comprehensive peace for all people of the region.” As she spoke, Israeli jets blasted Gaza in at least 30 air strikes, blowing up government buildings and smuggling tunnels, as well as a variety of high-ranking Hamas party officials, while badly rattling the French News Agency, Agence France-Presse, which seems to have been coincidentally located adjacent to the main Hamas media offices.
WOOF readers should bear in mind that war is no stranger to Mrs. Clinton, who, it will be remembered, vividly described dodging sniper fire upon landing at Tuzla Airport in Bosnia during her husband’s administration, an event so traumatizing to the rest of her entourage that none of them, including entertainers Sindbad and Sheryl Crow, could recall it ever having happened! Thus, prospects for peace are looking up in the vicinity, and as if Hillary’s presence were not enough to vouchsafe a new era of trust and serenity in that war ravaged region, WOOF has learned that additional firepower recently arrived in the person of U.N. General Secretary Ban Ki-moon who wasted no time. despite the onslaught of Palestinian rocket attacks, urging that Israel show “maximum restraint.”