Friday, April 08, 2005

The Handshake: Israel, Syria, and Iran

An interesting piece of news from Voix du Liban:

The Syrian and Iranian Presidents shook hands with Israel's President Katsav during the Pope's funeral in the Vatican today. The Syrian official response did not confirm President Assad's handshake; on the contrary, President Khatami confirmed his move.

What do you think? I'm interested in your insights.

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."


ThinkingMan said...

It's rather "disgusting" to think that our future and the future of our children and family rests in the hands of these 3 individuals that you mentioned. Really.
I think the Pope's funeral presented an amazing display of world unity. If 200 world leaders can come together and sit together, why can't 3 leaders do the same with each other? For the sake of their citizens, enough of playing politics. They all rushed to go pay their respect to the Pope to brush up their public relations image. It's humiliating to think that this is just a PR show. If they really believe in the messages that the Pope has been sending to the Middle-East for the last 26 years, why can't they do more than a hand-shake?

The hand-shake was good PR and a very small start.

But we need more.
I wonder: who did the 3 stooges shake hands with? Bush? That would have been a riot!

Tempest said...

The handshake was photographed. Personally, I think Bashar's inexperience is showing more and more. His back is to the wall, and he will do anything - absolutely anything- that could keep him in power.

Good news (although not highly publicised) from Lebanon. Hopefully, we're closing in on the end of these years of trials and tribulations.