by A swedish kind of death
Sun Dec 21st, 2008 at 07:48:39 PM EST
Shergald has kept up an impressive series of reports of the ongoing suffering in what was once the British Mandate of Palestine west of the Jordan River. The latest one created a meta-discussion on the lack of comments which produced this comment from metavision:
The fact that Palestine diaries don't get enough attention is sad and I think it reflects our helplessness to make a difference.
Helplessness is no good, m'kay? So, what can we as fairly bright citizens of the EU do to at least affect change in the EUs part of this? Well, there is an EP election this spring and I have some thoughts about it.
What is the current status?
EU is a part of the Quartet
so it is a player. But what is it playing for? What is the current policy? I freely confess my lack of knowledge here, but I hope the collective mind will find something.
Does the EP have a position?
So we have some sketchy idea of what the EUs current policy is, next question comes along. Does the EP have anything to say about it? And has it said something? Enter our scholars of the byzantine relations to explain ... well, something.
So the EP has or could have some position or another. But the EP is a parliament, and a huge one at that. What group pushes for what policy?
Who? What? Mep?
And since the groups are much less strict then most parliaments, lets narrow it down. Who are the main players here? Can we identify some bomb-bomb-bomb-Hamas fellow? Do we know who works tirelessly to increase peace? Lets get some personal responsibility on the meps!
And then what?
So we know who should be elected and who should be thrown out. Now what? How do we market this and turn it into leverage? How can we get the message out and the peaceniks in? How can we use the EP election to promote peace in Israel/Palestine?