I just heard Thomas Friedman advocate on George Stephanopoulis's "This Week" Sunday program on ABC the establishment of a trusteeship in Palestine under NATO. I believe that it is the UN that is the appropriate overseeing authority for Gaza, but the idea of a trusteeship is gaining momentum. Although I sent Friedman the URL to my blog, I do not imagine he actually read my OOTB Solution for Gaza. It would be nice if he did. I consider Tom Friedman one of the most credible, knowledgeable and influential writers of our time. He knows the Middle East better than almost any other person, be it academic, journalist or diplomat, and he educates us all on the subjects in which he is interested. He discovered and popularized Globalization. He is a visionist.
I know that most Americans know nothing about the concept of trusteeship or the Trusteeship Council of the United Nations. Ralph Bunche, unquestionably the most distinguished American to work for the United Nations, began his career there as the head of the Trusteeship Division at the UN Secretariat. In future blogs I am going to discuss the importance not only of trusteeship, but also of the concept of self-determination, another idea that gets little attention in political discourse in the United States, but which is a powerful idea that has been driving international affairs since the end of WWII and has taken on additional importance in the era of globalization.