Thursday, May 13, 2010

Obama continues MidEast Diplomatic Blunders

U.S. to Join Advisory Group Once Shunned -Matthew Lee

The Obama administration is preparing to begin a formal relationship with the Alliance of Civilizations, an international advisory group that the U.S. has largely shunned due to fears it would adopt anti-Israeli and anti-Western stances, U.S. officials said.

The UN-backed organization aims to ease strains between societies and cultures, particularly the West and Islam. The Bush administration boycotted the group when it was founded in 2005, and its concerns were magnified a year later when the alliance released a report that identified Israel's "disproportionate retaliatory actions in Gaza and Lebanon" as a main cause of Muslim-Western tension.

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