Friday, October 26, 2018

OMAN STEPS UP TO BROKER PEACE

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has visited Oman as the guest of Sultan Qaboos. Oman is an unlikely nation to broker peace, but both the Palestinians and Israel have visited Oman in some sort of peace process.


Long ago, around 1840, Sayyid Said bin Sultan al-Busaid moved his capital to Zanzibar off the coast of Africa and ruled Oman from a distance. The thing worked well for many years, and the Sultan enjoyed the benefit of a better climate and plenty of wealth from the trade in cloves and slaves.

Now, Sultan Qaboos, not willing to be the end of the train, has printed his own name in the history books. It would be hilarious if a real peace deal was pulled off by this unlikely old fellow. It would certainly make mockery of all the Anglo-Saxons who have done the Kissinger shuffle all over the Middle East trying to get a deal signed for the "Palestinian Problem."

It will now be interesting to see if Jered Kuschner pays the Qaboos a visit to see if he can claim some credit for any peace deal upcoming for the Trump empire. It would not hurt my feelings if Trump ended up at the tail end following the Qaboos.

The Sultan's whole name is Sayyid Qaboos bin Said Al Said. What you now know from this is that, at least in Oman, if anything needs saying, it has been Said.