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Purchasing Peace with Bribery: Is It Worth the Price?

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In 1978 President Jimmy Carter worked what many might have considered a miracle and secured a peace of sorts between Israel and Egypt by the signing of the Camp David Accords.


Now it comes to light that the annual multi-billion aid package, both economic and military, that the United States has spent ever since that momentous year was nothing short of an annual bribe to coerce the Egyptians into restraining their hand toward Israel. It appears that the Egyptian people, not the happy recipients of much of that loot, are in near-open revolt, demanding better economic conditions through the resignation of their eighty-year old leader and his government.


At least in personal and civic relationships, bribery is a morally reprehensible act; it is also illegal. How is it that the act of bribery passes from an unacceptable act to an acceptable one in its utilization in international affairs?  Perhaps it is in its objective of illicit gain. Avoiding war is not illicit; taking a bribe not to engage in warfare has to be.


With a truly honorable peace at Camp David maybe Israel would have been surrounded by its enemies in 1979 instead of thirty years later. Maybe all Jimmy Carter did was postpone the inevitable back then. Of course, it is possible that our steadfastness might have wrought a nervous, backpedaling and cowering enemy thirty years later instead of a current state of terror inside our borders and out.


The United States, through mismanagement of its resources, is about to reach the end of its pecuniary rope insofar as monies available to purchase peace on the open and overtly antagonistic market are concerned.


We’re broke, or nearly so; we have alienated most, if not all, of our allies; certainly the most recent “leaks” where Britain is concerned have left another sour taste in their mouths. Israel is dubious about our willingness or ability to come to their aid in case of attack. We have left Eastern Europe at the mercy of Russia after many decades of Cold War.


South Korea and Japan are uncertain as to our determination to come to their aid in case of aggression on the part of the North. And what are we left with? Fear. Confusion. Doubt. Uncertainty. We sure could use another Ronald Reagan now, couldn’t we?



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