It's time for George W. Bush to cut the Mr. Nice Guy act in his
handling of the Middle East crisis and start doing what he does
best. This is a man who made a name for himself as a ruthless,
tough-talking, law and order type. He mercilessly lit up Texas'
Death Row like a Christmas tree when he was Governor of that
state. He stood in front of the world on September 11th and said
that he would not distinguish between the terrorists that commit
acts of terror and the states that harbour them. With that
mandate, he destroyed the Taliban and set the tone for the free
world's War on Terror.
Now it's Israel--the only non-autocratic democracy in the Middle
East--that's directly under attack by fanatical Palestinian
terrorists intent on blowing Israeli civilians to smitherines.
And what does Bush do? He orders the Israelis to end their
military offensive against Palestinian terrorist camps in the
West Bank. He sends over US Secretary of State Colin Powell--the
closest thing to a dove that he can find in his administration
--to have a little tête-à-tête with the Palestinian
equivalent of Osama bin Laden. For some reason, it's now
perfectly acceptable for the United States to negotiate with
terrorists and to encourage others to do the same.
Talk about an exercise in total futility. Diplomacy only works
if all parties are prepared to act in good faith; however,
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has demonstrated time and time
again that he is neither a man of his word, nor an advocate for
peace. He has reneged on nine previous ceasefires. Arafat is
like the kid in the classroom who only behaves himself when the
teacher is in the room. Without direct supervision and
babysitting, all hell breaks loose. When face-to-face with Colin
Powell, Arafat condemns acts of Palestinian terror, but signed
documents recently captured by the Israeli Defense Forces
indicate that Arafat has personally been directing and funding
terror against Israelis.
Richard Perle, Chairman of the Pentagon Defense Advisory Board
and former aide to President Reagan, says he has a tape that he
likes to play for people who believe that Arafat is merely the
innocent scapegoat in an Israeli campaign of misinformation and
lies: "The tape shows Arafat on a stage on the West Bank
three weeks after the famous handshake with then-Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the south lawn of the White House.
Standing next to him on a platform is the grandmother of a
suicide bomber. And Arafat can be seen plainly on this tape
saying 'Give me your children, give me all your children,
Even a move as seemingly useless as negotiating with Yasser
Arafat hinges on the premise that he actually has full control
of Hamas and his own radical followers. To be realistic, we're
talking about a man who doesn't even have full control over his
own bowel movements since he must currently request permission
of an Israeli soldier to use the men's room in his own
residence. Fat chance he could control militant Islamic
terrorists hell-bent on making martyrs of themselves.
The brainwashing starts early. While their American counterparts
are playing "Cowboys and Indians," young Palestinian
children participate in "Martyrs and Jews"--a popular
game whereby the "martyrs" strap on fake
"bombs" and chase after the "Jews" on the
playground. They grow up dreaming of the day that they're old
enough to carry out a real-life mission of martyrdom.
Palestinian psychologist Shafiq Masalha analyzed the dreams of
300 ten and eleven year-old Palestinian children. Their drawings
suggested that 15 percent of the children dreamed of being
martyrs or being killed. NBC reports that a study just completed
in Gaza shows by the time they're grown up, 70 percent are ready
to die for Palestine.
A young Palestinian woman by the name of Shifa Adnan Kodsi told
CBS news last week that she believed her martyrdom in the name
of Palestinian revenge was even more important than her
reponsibility as a mother to her seven year-old daughter.
And if the innate motivation to blow oneself up just isn't
there, our supposed friends, the Saudis, are there to give the
would-be bombers a little boost. According to a Saudi Press
Agency report, Saudis are paying the families of Palestinian
suicide bombers thousands of dollars for their
"sacrifice." Even the Saudi ambassador to Britain
glorified the bombers and slammed the United States in a recent
pan-Arab daily. In his poem, "The Martyrs," Ghazi
Algosaibi praises the 18-year old female suicide bomber who blew
up a Jerusalem supermarket on March 29th: "Tell Ayat, the
bride of loftiness.She embraced death with a smile while the
leaders are running away. Doors of heaven are opened for
her." And to think that this guy is their idea of a
Make no mistake about it. The battle between Israel and
Palestine is only the sideshow to a much bigger war. This is a
religious war and the Arab world is huddled together under the
umbrella of Islam. It's "them" versus "us,"
plain and simple. The Israelis are "infidels" and so
are we. Their hatred of us runs deep--they live and breathe it
from childhood. Their eagerness to act on this deep-seeded
loathing, even at the expense of their own lives, makes them a
threat to us and to our way of life. Bush needs to drop the
diplomatic niceties and start treating Arafat and the Islamic
militant Palestinians in the same way that he's dealing with
Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, and their respective followers.
It's time for the straight-shooting Texas gunslinger to come out
from behind the diplomatic façade, cut out the phony optics,
get back to the "axis of evil" rhetoric, and send a
strong, undeniable message to all terrorists. The only
difference between bin Laden and the others is that his
fanatical fruitcakes made it here first.
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