Israel must achieve peace

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:56 p.m.

It was interesting to note that when Israel took out the leader of Hamas, Hamas immediately stated it would take revenge on the United States. What does this say about the perception of the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world?

Through our long support of Israel, involvement with the Saudis and general perception of the rest of the world that the United States is the puppet master and great meddler in the Mideast, we seem to have become inextricably involved. And, stupidly, we added even more substance to that image by attacking Iraq.

On 9-11 we saw the whole never-ending Arab-Jew conflict arrive on our shores. Instead of distancing ourselves from the increasingly heavy handed Israeli domination of the Palestinian people, we went to Iraq, a breeding ground of terrorism for Israel, but not responsible for our problems with al-Qaeda.

Since Israel's survival is no longer at stake - they have become strong with our billions in yearly aid - we, as puppet masters, must push for peace even by withholding aid until they reverse the situation. Until compassion replaces ever-escalating hatred, our country will know no peace, terrorism will not rest and we will be in a quagmire for generations to come.

Randall Lance,


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