A double standard for Israel


Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 30, 2003 at 10:03 p.m.

In the war against international terror, the neutering of Iraq was a giant step by the administration whose determination uplifted our allies and surprised our European detractors. Its wisdom is being validated by daily events worldwide.

No longer do we kowtow to long-standing closet belligerents. No longer do we cover our eyes and ears and insist that things will be all right if we just talk and "make nice."

No longer do we pretend that the United Nations is a sacrosanct body of good will and noble goals instead of a front for Third World anti-westernism.

No American president has ever understood the nature of the conflict between Israel and the Arab world. In the Byzantine-Islamic mind-set, weakness provokes attack.

The purpose is annihilation and the rules of engagement be damned. The heart of the conflict is not even between the Israelis and the Palestinians, but a contest between "The West" and the "Arab Nation."

If "no compromise and no negotiation with terror" is good enough for Uncle Sam, then it applies to Israel as well. Cracking down on Arab terror is like limiting the next 9/11.

The destruction of Hamas is imperative, just as that measure would apply to Al-Qaeda. Israel fights the same war as the U.S. and has been fighting it longer and at greater cost.

If George Bush will not sit down at the table to make concessions with Osama bin Laden after shaking his hand, then Ariel Sharon shouldn't be compromising with murderers and those who fund them.

Until we stop insisting that the Israelis dance with the devil, what can the "road map" possibly be except a detour doomed to fail?

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