The stage is ready, draw the curtains and welcome to the Javier Solana Show; the one man comedy tour of the Middle East. If you’re the head of a dangerous Arab regime, you can expect a visit from the European Union’s premier comedian. That’s right folks, sponsor a terrorist group, help smuggle weapons or just preach some good old hatred and Mr Solana will join you for tea, cakes and a bucket full of promises.
With the advent of a belt of extremism gaining pace throughout the Middle East, the EU is reverting to that tried and tested method of appeasement. Solana is the modern day Chamberlain, only with the benefit of hindsight. As he mounts his first tour of ‘terrorist funding’ Syria in two years, Solana is armed with a pad of paper and an EU embossed biro to take down Assad’s wish list: Increased funding for the Syrian economy and military, a return of the Golan Heights, an end to the international boycott of Syrian interests, a cuddly toy, some liquorice allsorts and a Yankees baseball shirt.
Let’s look at what Syria has done to welcome Santa Clause Solanas use of EU expenses in Damascus; besides being bedfellows with the little Hitler next door, Assad sponsors Hizbullah and Hamas directly and publicly, supports the Iraqi insurgents who have turned Baghdad into a blood-bath, and leads one of the most backward nations on the planet -and may I add, has few plans to change any of that any time soon.
EU policy continues to be led by wimpy, lefty politicians who wouldn’t know a dangerous regime if it thumped them on the nose. Solanas solution to all problems from the Nile to the Euphrates is to embrace an Arab, kiss a Palestinian and comdemn the Jewish State. History has taught the importance of confronting international aggression and not capitulating.
Anyone lucky enough to have tickets for Solana’s comedy tour – please tell him from one young man in Jersualem, that Israel and democracy should not be the fall guy for the problems of the Middle East. We should all have more integrity and imagination than that.