- The Washington Times - Monday, March 10, 2003

Danny the Red speaks
An aging radical from the 1960s who was kicked out of France for leading student riots and embraced by the left-wing German environmentalists came to Washington last week to lecture the Bush administration about Middle East diplomacy.
Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who leads the European Green Party, proposed an international conference on disarmament and security that would focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, our correspondent Olga Kryzhanovska reports.
He told the German Marshall Fund that the peace process should include the declaration of a Palestinian state by the United Nations and the formation of an international force to provide security for both Israel and the Palestinians.
"If we could do that, we would have a different situation at the Arab street and with the Arab emotion," said Mr. Cohn-Bendit, adding that Arabs often feel that the international community is ignoring their problems.
Mr. Cohn-Bendit, once nicknamed "Danny the Red," was the leader of student uprisings in Paris in 1968. After the French government expelled him at the end of 1960s, he moved to Frankfurt and became a German citizen. In the 1980s, Mr. Cohn-Bendit worked with Joschka Fischer, now the German foreign minister, and was elected caucus leader of the Greens in the European Parliament.
Mr. Cohn-Bendit was known for his leftist radicalism, expressed in his book "Leftism, the Remedy for the Senile Sickness of Communism," but he accuses the Bush administration of what he calls "democratic Bolshevism."
"The big difference is that I have overcome and I think what Bush hasn't overcome is the idea that we are avant-garde and we'll create the situation that will be very fine for everybody in the world," he said.
Germany, which is trying to block U.S. efforts to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, is no longer going to follow U.S. policies unquestioningly, as it did during the Cold War, he said.
The German Green Party supported the use of force in both Kosovo and Afghanistan, but Mr. Cohn-Bendit insisted the Iraqi situation is dramatically different because Iraq does not show aggression and German public opinion doesn't support the war.
"The public opinion is afraid of the capability and strength of the United States," he said.
Mr. Cohn-Bendit predicted that the crisis in French-German relations with the United States is likely to ease after the tension about Iraq ends.
Diplomatic traffic
Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:
Victor Ciorbea, former prime minister of Romania and president of the Christian Democratic National Peasants Party. He discusses democracy in Romania at a briefing at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Ivo Yordaov Ivanov, deputy defense minister of Bulgaria, who discusses trans-Atlantic security issues in a forum sponsored by the Western Policy Center.
Slovakia's Deputy Defense Minister Rastislav Kacer and Deputy Foreign Minister Ivan Korcok. They discuss Slovakia's preparations to join NATO in a briefing at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
A Canadian delegation that includes Mayors Philippe Barette of Temiscaming, Quebec; Colin Kinsley of Prince George, British Columbia; and Jamie Lim of Timmins, Ontario. They hold a 3 p.m. news conference at the National Press Club to discuss the trade controversy about softwood lumber.
cPeru's Prime Minister Luis Solari and Vice President Raul Diez Canseco. Mr. Solari addresses the North American Peruvian Business Council and the Inter-American Dialogue on Friday.
Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern meets President Bush to deliver the annual St. Patrick's Day greeting from Ireland.
A delegation from Northern Ireland will attend President Bush's St. Patrick's Day reception. It includes David Trimble, leader of Northern Ireland's Ulster Unionist Party; Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein; Mark Durkan of the Social Democratic Labor Party; Daniel Ford of the Alliance Party; and Monica McWilliams of the Women's Coalition. Mr. Trimble holds a news conference at 2 p.m. Friday at the National Press Club.
Sir Philip Watts, chairman of the Royal/Dutch Shell Group of Companies. He addresses the European Institute on U.S.-European energy issues.

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