Roskam’s secret signatures


Does Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) have the secret to Middle East peace? He was showing Roll Call newspaper around his office recently and told a story about a map he had hanging on the wall (Link here, subscription required):

During these trips, Roskam always carries a map. Upon meeting foreign leaders, he likes to ask them to sign the portion that represents their country or region. Last year, for instance, Roskam had Prime Minister Salam Fayyad of the Palestinian National Authority sign a map that he later had signed by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. When Roskam presented the map for Olmert to sign, he was careful to fold it in order to hide Fayyad’s signature. The two men never knew that they both signed the map.

“So who knows, this may be the only document that those two men have actually signed. So that’s kind of fun,” he says.

Hmmm, put a peace treaty together and just fold it so that the two sides can’t see the parts they don’t like?

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