(APNews) Bush, in his address, defended the decision to hold the Annapolis conference [Mid East Peace summit], saying it was the right time to launch peace talks and urging representatives of more than 50 participating countries and organizations to support the effort.
"First, the time is right because Palestinians and Israelis have leaders who are determined to achieve peace," he said. "Second, the time is right because a battle is under way for the future of the Middle East and we must not cede victory to the extremists. Third, the time is right because the world understands the urgency of supporting these negotiations."
--A Battle is Underway for the Future of the Middle East--
From a world history perspective, this is the most profound statement any world leader has uttered in a very long time. –Imagine