Who, besides Thomas Friedman, could come up with prose like this:
May I suggest a Tahrir Square alternative? Announce that every Friday from today forward will be â€œPeace Day,â€ and have thousands of West Bank Palestinians march nonviolently to Jerusalem, carrying two things â€” an olive branch in one hand and a sign in Hebrew and Arabic in the other. The sign should say: â€œTwo states for two peoples. We, the Palestinian people, offer the Jewish people a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders â€” with mutually agreed adjustments â€” including Jerusalem, where the Arabs will control their neighborhoods and the Jews theirs.â€
Those signs will be wordier than a Tom Tomorrow cartoon — and in two languages, no less.
I had some time to kill at the Cairo airport the other day so I rummaged through the â€œEgyptian Treasuresâ€ shop. I didnâ€™t care much for the King Tut paper weights and ashtrays but was intrigued by a stuffed camel, which, if you squeezed its hump, emitted a camel honk. When I turned it over to see where it was manufactured, it read: â€œMade in China.â€ Now that they have decided to put former President Hosni Mubarak on trial, I hope Egyptians add to his indictment that he presided for 30 years over a country where nearly half the population lives on $2 day and 20 percent are unemployed while it is importing low-wage manufactured goods â€” a stuffed camel, no less â€” from China.
Lessons learned from an airport gift shop! At least he’s branching out from cab drivers and hotel desk clerks.