It was dinnertime at the Vice President’s house on Massachusetts Avenue eleven months before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The discussion centered on the need to get rid of Saddam Hussein
‘s Sunni dictatorship in Iraq and replace it with a democratic government. This, in turn, would trigger democratic changes in Israel’s
last hostile neighbor — Syria.On March 26, 1979, Egypt’s Anwar Sadat
and President Jimmy Carter
signed the first peace treaty between Israel and an Arab nation. And on Oct 26, 1994, the late King Hussein
of Jordan became the 2nd Arab leader to sign peace with Israel, putting behind them 46 years of hostility.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction never came up once at VP Cheney’s dinner. An invasion, the participants agreed, would be designed to trigger a democratic process in Iraq, thus completing a peaceful Arab circle around Israel. Read the rest of this entry »