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Subject: Israel "tired" of being such successful superheroes- Daniel
Date: Thursday, July 20, 2006 05:51:14 [View Source]
Wow, From none other than Daniel Pipes-Hater of
African Americans. Israel is fighting America's war
and is tired of all their successes. Whooda thunk it.
By all means, when Israel is done cleansing the
world of these dark demons in the Middle East, they
can come here and get rid of all the pesky dark people
on this continent. African Americans might get ideas
(even though the American Enterprise Institute tells
us they're all too retarded to care for themselves and
therefore belong in cages).
|From the Los Angeles Times
Israel Has a War to Win
White House needs to help its ally take a hard line
against Hezbollah, Palestinians and Iran.
By Daniel Pipes
DANIEL PIPES director of the Middle East Forum, will
be the William E. Simon distinguished visiting
professor at Pepperdine University in 2007.
July 20, 2006
A LEADING ISRAELI philosopher some years back referred
to his countrymen as "an exhausted people, confused
and without direction." Before he became prime
minister, Ehud Olmert publicly declared these
extraordinary words: "We are tired of fighting, we are
tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we
are tired of defeating our enemies." In that
demoralized spirit, the state of Israel retreated
twice in five years under fire, from Lebanon and from
Gaza - and now, as a consequence, is fighting wars in
precisely those places.
Individual members of Congress have noticed this
problem; I suggest that the executive branch take
Olmert at his word and buck up this fatigued but
exceptionally close ally. Even if Israel can very
capably defend itself (as recent events have
confirmed), it lacks the will to make the protracted
efforts to defeat its enemies. And Israel's enemies -
Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran - are also America's enemies.
Building on this assessment, I suggest that the
administration make the following requests of Tel
Aviv, to protect American interests. Specifically:
· Do not engage in exchanges with terrorist groups,
such as the 2004 trade of one rogue Israeli civilian
and the remains of three soldiers for 429 living
terrorists and criminals. This returns terrorists to
the field while encouraging further abductions.
· Do not allow Hezbollah to acquire thousands of
Katyusha rockets from Iran and station them in
southern Lebanon. The estimated current arsenal of
nearly 12,000 Katyushas not only threatens all of
northern Israel, as recent days have proved, it
provides Iran with a strategic threat with
implications for the entire region.
· Do not permit arms to reach the terrorist Fatah
organization, as recently happened, according to the
Jerusalem Post, when an estimated 3,000 American
rifles and a million rounds of ammunition were
delivered to it out of a misguided ambition to help
one Palestinian faction beat out another.
· Do not turn the West Bank over to Hamas terrorists.
This endangers U.S. interests in several ways, notably
because it would threaten Hashemite rule in Jordan.
Israel has a significant role in the U.S.-led war on
terror; it can best defend itself and help its U.S.
ally not by aspiring to agreements with intractable
foes but by convincing them that Israel is permanent
and unbeatable. This goal requires not episodic
violence but sustained and systematic efforts to
change regional mentalities. Therefore, U.S.
policymakers might suggest to Olmert that he view the
current fighting not as a momentary exception to
diplomacy but as part of a long-term conflict.
With the emergence of an aggressive and perhaps
soon-to-be nuclear-armed Iran, the strategic map of
the Middle East is in the throes of fundamental
change. This overarching threat should provide the
backdrop for every Israeli decision going forward -
whether to retake territory in Gaza, what to target in
Lebanon and whether to launch military actions against
Paradoxically, developments of the past week bring
good news: Many Middle Easterners, not just Israelis,
fear Iranian ambitions. Worries about Iran prompted
the Saudi kingdom to take the lead in condemning
attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah on Israel as "rash
adventures." As the Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh
has documented, Israel's counterattacks have prompted
"an anti-Hezbollah coalition." Sound Israeli policies
will greatly influence the evolution of this nascent
As Arabs worry more about Iranian Islamists than
Israeli Zionists, a moment of opportunity presents
itself. Close coordination between Washington and
Jerusalem is needed, including timely reminders to
Israelis that they have a war to win.
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