Former Afghan President Killed By Homicide Bomber
Former Rep. Jane Harman blasts 'desperate move'
- Duration 5:05
- Date Sep 20, 2011
Former Rep. Jane Harman blasts 'desperate move'
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-- now this tax news alert Afghan President Hamid Karzai cutting short his trip to the UN today after a was killed by a homicide bomber.
With a bomb in his turbine that's it would just hearing now for more on what's going on in that part of the world and elsewhere were joined by former democratic congresswoman Jane Harman.
-- California she's also of course now the president.
At the Woodrow Wilson Center so you've been to Afghanistan several -- any -- -- had the flurry of news over the last week or so the attack on the US embassy and -- this.
What goes through your head when you hear these.
These -- well -- desperate moves by the talent -- and Taliban related organizations like to have Connie network in Pakistan which we.
No was responsible for last week's attack we don't know who the turbine bomber was yet but speculation is -- -- a -- connected it's a tragedy for Pakistan a -- Afghanistan the people of Afghanistan.
And comic Karzai's making the right move by flying back.
Be teetering on none not a civil war and I hope that is not gonna happen.
There are many many many aren't counted and trained troops and government officials in that country thanks in part to the large NATO presence and our presence there.
And I'm hoping that common cause -- elected leader.
Gets his country back and pull things together and and that that the whole world comes down on this -- the network of Taliban organizations.
That are threatening us stability.
Another part of the world that -- so much focus and of course there's -- -- his involvement on the same -- as Afghanistan is still involved this is the Israel Palestinian relationship right now in the Middle East.
There is of course the reports this weekend and He taught -- President Abbas -- -- very angry and nine and that He will go to the UN.
And apply for recognition as a state we don't know if that'll happen yet until later this week.
It is seeking a broader view why is this conversation right now so imported -- -- as a country and what should articulate -- from it.
Well let me first say that -- custom cut -- on your show earlier that showed.
Mitt Romney and Rick Perry criticizing credit President Obama on Israel.
Israel has never been a partisan issue in the congress.
And -- in in it with any president and it should not be now so I hope that.
-- not continue this is she's always been important and it's been on resolve President Obama called for.
Progress last year when He spoke to the UN.
Friday is when Abbas is supposed to speak is 72 hours from now and in.
Political time that's a lifetime and I think there's an opportunity with 200 world leaders here.
Including Abbas and Netanyahu.
And president Obama and lots of representation from the quartet the so called quartet the European countries.
Two I have.
Active direct negotiations before Friday.
And wouldn't it be wonderful to have a breakthrough on this between Israel and Palestine before Friday and instead of having a divisive unilateral.
Resolution introduced in the Security Council that with an effort to put the US and other countries in a -- What if we had a celebration about the fact that direct negotiations actually work and move moving toward.
-- went -- there is this the reasons why this issue has become partisan is obviously there's been some criticism of the president and whether or not he's strong enough with the support.
As it couldn't in good times have brought you niceties policy -- of our stance of what should happen here in the Middle East what do you think is that.
The best case scenario talked about the negotiations but what is the best case scenario in in bringing some resolution here.
Well it the leaders have to decide they want peace mean.
Part of this problem is others want it more than the leaders in the region.
Let's understand who the victims are the victims of the Palestinian people and a lot of Israelis who live in harm's way -- -- -- peace would mean a Palestinian state living side by side with the Jewish State of Israel with defensible borders.
In a region.
Where most of the countries certainly led by Saudi Arabia it's starting in 2002 with -- -- Suggestion want to live in peace in the in the region a mansion a Middle East where.
There is human capital shared among everybody the birth of the Arab citizen.
In this new Arab awakening is occurring around the region and we have democracies.
Growing up everywhere.
Well it sounds like and that's obviously a result -- that many would like if the Palestinians apply for -- nation.
-- from the UN Security Council is the united -- only option to veto that I think it depends on.
How the resolution is worded and I think there may be a possibility that it will be defeated in the Security Council we want have to get to this issue veto.
But it's not just what happens Friday if we don't fix this by Friday which is my preference.
It's what happens the day after and whether there are demonstrations around the Middle East and whether there.
They become violent -- days -- work for five years to develop the preconditions for peace and there's a train security force which is kept the West Bank.
Largely quiet it would be a shame.
For that government now to fail which is a possibility to.
Because while stuck -- -- old politics it's time for new politics right now but to be historically if that scenario presents itself congresswoman I said yes -- let's -- again.