September 14, 2006

The Topology of Lincoln

Hatched by Dafydd

(Chafee, not Abraham)

Scott Johnson of Power Line posted the letter that Sen. Lincoln "12%" Chafee of Rhode Island sent to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on September 7th. It includes two amusing lines. First, this one:

Chairman Lugar decided to hold the vote over to a later date, and I support that decision.

As Friend Lee pointed out, it's hardly a shock that Chafee supported this delay... since Dick Lugar (R-IN, 88%) was simply acceding to Lincoln Chafee's own request! Thus, this sentence translates to, "Chairman Lugar granted my request to hold the vote over, and I support his decision in my favor."

But the more ominous passage comes two paragraphs later:

One of the key issues with many of our allies is the situation with the Palestinians. I support the creation of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state living side-by-side in peace with its neighbor Israel. I believe progress on this front would be beneficial for the Palestinians, and futher America's, and Israel's security.

With Dr. Rice's PhD, she is probably better able to read a map than is Mr. Phillips Academy. But it's really not hard. Here, take a look-see:

Map of Israel

Map of Israel

I believe I already explained this in Contiguationness, on Captain's Quarters... but as we can plainly see, there are only two ways to make the Palestinian Authority "contiguous":

  • You can create a weird, narrow corridor of land that hugs the southern "V-cut" along the Israeli borders with Egypt and Jordan, connecting Gaza to the West Bank. But this is silly -- how wide should it be, just enough for a north-going Zax and a south-going Zax to pass without having to turn sideways?
  • You can create an aggressive spit of land that cuts straight across Israel to connect Gaza and the West Bank. In that case, "Palestine" would be contiguous, but Israel wouldn't be. You would have sliced it neatly in half.

I'm not exactly sure how chopping Israel in half would "further Israel's security," but maybe Chafee can explain it to me someday.

A simple glance at the map shows why a "contiguous" Palestinian authority won't fly. Not to beat a dead hearse, but when Lincoln drives, who is the navigator?

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, September 14, 2006, at the time of 8:51 PM

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The following hissed in response by: Robert Schwartz

IIRC, the Israelis offered to build a rail line across central Israel between Gaza and Judea. It was part of one of the packages that Arafat (may his name be blotted out) rejected in favor of war.

The above hissed in response by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 14, 2006 9:39 PM

The following hissed in response by: BigLeeH

Personally, I like the Gaza-Hebron tunnel idea. The Palestineans like tunnels and if you bury it deep enough and line it with a network of seismic detectors it needn't compromize the security of the surface dwellers.

The above hissed in response by: BigLeeH [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 15, 2006 10:51 AM

The following hissed in response by: Big D

I've never understood why Gaza doesn't just become part of Egypt, and the West Bank goes back to being part of Jordan. Don't their Arab brothers want to help the downtrodden Palestinians?

Unless, gasp, the goal isan't...what we think it is...

The above hissed in response by: Big D [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 15, 2006 12:12 PM

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