Getting It Done — What Herb Thinks

It’s truly been said that if you want something done, give it to a busy man. That’s because, for a busy man, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching a job left undone.

And busy is the EU’s Javier Solana. While other EU officials were soaking up benefits, Solana was busy carving a niche for their future king. So, it’s not surprising that Solana would be the one to whom they turned to get the Middle East peace process moving again.

And the EU leaders are not the only ones looking to Solana. What started as a foot in the door may have turned into a sale. If you recall, the Quartet was Solana’s idea. The concept was, if the international community’s major players — the US, the EU, the UN and Russia — would began singing together, a way to peace in the Middle East could be found.

The funny thing is, at the time the US led the Middle East peace process and the EU wasn’t considered a significant player. But, like I said before, with the creation of the Quartet, Solana got the EU’s foot in the door. Now, due to decisions taken at the EU’s December European Council, it’s Solana and the EU in the lead, and the US is the one that’s not the significant player. Read about it here I And here.

And we’re already seeing results. In secret talks held in Syria between a top Hamas leader and representatives of Fatah, serious progress may have been made regarding forming a coalition Palestinian government in Gaza — a major step toward Solana’s Middle East peace. Read about it here.

Another necessary element, of course, is Solana getting the UN — also a member of the Quartet — and the UN’s new secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon, on board his new Middle East peace drive. And, according to Ban’s recent press conference Read about it here, Solana has done this, too.

Yes, there has been no one busier than the EU’s Javier Solana.

And, Solana is getting it done.

— Herb Peters
1/13/07