Peace of [Crab]cake?

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Annapolis, the capital of Maryland, home of the United States Naval Academy, is known for its historic buildings, waterfront, and water taxis. This week, if there is enough good luck and good will — and it will take a lot of both — "America's Sailing Capital" could be internationally known for a landmark peace treaty between the Israelis and Palestinians. Could be.

In the first hour, we'll talk to Aaron David Miller, a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Institute, about a piece he wrote for the Los Angeles Times, "Annapolis is just the first step," in which he argues that "real progress in the Middle East will come through hard work and hard choices after this week's summit." Are you expecting much from the Annapolis Peace Summit? At this juncture, is a peace agreement possible?

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I cringe everytime I hear people talk about someone being "worth" an amount of money...she's worth more than he is, etc. That expression says a lot about how we define people and worth...think about if people start saying that you are worth a certain amount of money, then you may hear how crass it sounds!

Sent by Elizabeth | 2:19 PM | 11-26-2007

Hopeless, and a complete waste of time and resources. Look at Hamas and Fatah...so busy feuding that they forgot they are on the same side. There is no hope for peace when it comes to Palestinians. Self-destruction looks possible though, and that's something to hope for.

Sent by Mo | 2:40 PM | 11-26-2007

Will any progress be made until Israel acknowledges the Nakba? Will that remain as a bitter Palestinian memory that could poison the future? A Truth and Reconciliation process similar to South Africa's might work. (Also submitted as question to ask the host)

Sent by Jim Folk | 2:47 PM | 11-26-2007

The real problem is that every leader in Israel and Palestine at present has lived too long, has experienced too much disappointment, and has become too bitter to make the hard choices that make peace possible.

What we must do is start NOW to create a next generation of leaders who know each other, trust each other, and believe that peace is possible. To do this we need to take Israeli and Palestinian youth, and bring them together today, so that they can be ready to make peace tomorrow

check out peacecampinitiative.org and seedsofpeace.org for information about programs that do just that.

Sent by Robert Kent | 3:08 PM | 11-26-2007

Ask you guest about the Transplant Committees at each transplant center that determines those who will be considered to receive organs that will become available. Their criteria can be the viablility of the recipient, how they will take care of the kidney, and more mundane criteria such as whether they like the person or not, is this person a trouble-maker or not.
I worked for an organ bank in Texas for 5 years and have sat in these committees. The careful evaluation and assessment your guest speaks of has a very human element to it (political?)

Sent by Carl McCormack | 3:35 PM | 11-26-2007