America's next battle in the war on terrorism should be fought against the PLO and its founder, the godfather of world terrorism, Yasser Arafat. Israel cannot win its war against terrorism alone. Israel has no silver bullet to dispatch the PLO network being fed by the Islamic world, but America does: It alone can shut off the economic support that pours in weekly by the millions.
Arafat and his PLO organization have been working all summer in an attempt to discredit President Bush's peace plan as irrelevant. Why? President Bush labeled Arafat as "irrelevant." It appears that Arafat is succeeding.
The PLO is still considered the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people ... an amazing feat to have a terrorist organization demanding a state. Arafat has played the terrorism card, and has utilized Hamas and Islamic Jihad as his weapons of choice. Now, he is calling for the appointment of a new interior minister in charge of his security forces. This post was formerly held by Mahmoud Abbas. This would give Arafat a bigger voice in negotiations. All key decisions would have to be referred to him for approval.
All the terrorist organizations and terrorist-harboring nations have one thing in common: They all support PLO terrorism. Islamic dictatorships throughout the world stir up their masses by justifying terrorism in the name of the PLO cause, rather than dealing with their own shortcomings. They have brainwashed their populations into believing the West, in general, and Israel, specifically, is the root of all of their problems.
Israel is the only nation in modern times that has been pressured to give a terrorist organization part of its territory. But despite Israel's attempts to comply, it has suffered more terrorism per capita than any nation on Earth, while PLO-controlled territory has become a world distribution center for the exportation of the H-bomb (human bomb.)
PLO terrorism is not about land. If it were, then the PLO would have accepted the Barak-Clinton Camp David proposal. It's about eradicating Zionism and the Jewish state. Its strategy of using terrorism as a tool to achieve its goals has never changed. America has put pressure on Arafat to control terrorism, and for brief interludes terrorism decreased drastically. This proves one thing: If Arafat can curb terrorism he can also incite terrorism. And while he was recently turning down the flame of terrorism, he used the time to organize a shipment of some 50 tons of armaments on the Karine A.
In an article in the New York Times on Feb. 3, Arafat stated, "To stop terrorism, we must understand that terrorism is simply a symptom, not the disease." That logic contradicts the entire Bush Doctrine on America's war against terrorism ... that there is no justification for terror.
If Americans buy into Arafat's premise, it will mean a protracted ride on the back of the terror tiger. Any attempt to root out global terrorism without plowing the soil in which it grows will only spread the virus more quickly. As long as Arafat lionizes suicide bombers as martyrs, the Jihad genie will stay unbottled. Arafat, who has compared himself to George Washington, can denounce terrorism because he has redefined its meaning.
Arafat's "gift" is in destroying states – as he tried to do in Jordan and Lebanon in the '70s and '80s – not building one. If Arafat were truly loved by the Palestinian people, thousands of Palestinians would not have fled his regime to become American citizens. The truth is, Arafat is a dictator and a terrorist who has been instrumental in killing even more Palestinians than he has Jews.
Israel cannot mobilize a global coalition to see that a terrorist like Arafat who has killed innocent civilians throughout the world – including dozens of Americans – is extradited and brought to justice, but America can.
Michael D. Evans is the author of "Beyond Iraq: The Next Move," an Amazon No. 2 and a New York Times best-seller, and founder of Jerusalem Prayer Team.org with Mr. Joseph Farah, Dr. Jerry Falwell, Dr. Tim LaHaye, Dr. Pat Robertson, Ms. Kay Arthur, Dr. John Maxwell, and over 300 national leaders on the board of governors.
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The other night I had to take a break from watching the news. The footage of the young victims of the latest bus bombing in Israel was especially disturbing and was causing my blood pressure to rise. So I decided to watch the old film MacArthur, starring Gregory Peck. As I watched this film, I was amazed at how General MacArthur's words, spoken nearly fifty years ago, still ring true today.
MacArthur was a strong leader, filled with conviction and determination. This seemed to alienate many who seemed to be quite jealous of his popularity in this country. Sound familiar? In his battle versus communist China and North Korea, political enemies, too, hindered him in his quest for victory. Sounds familiar, right? In many ways, President Bush is in the same situation General MacArthur was over fifty years ago.
MacArthur also said something that really seemed to stand out. He stated, "We cannot compromise with evil". Truer words have never been spoken. Fifty years later, we are still battling not only with evil, but those within our country who are willing to compromise with evil.
In light of the bombings in Israel and Iraq, it should be perfectly clear that there is no reasoning with terrorists. Yet, were one to tune in to any news broadcast, you'd hear politicians and news analysts calling for Israel to exercise restraint, while her citizens are being targeted for murder. When will the lesson be learned that we cannot compromise with evil? How many innocent children are to be slaughtered by radical Muslims before enough is enough? It is time to either unleash Israel or to join them in destroying Hamas, Hezbollah and other like-minded terrorist groups, as well as their supporters within the governments of Syria and Iran.
To achieve peace in the Middle East, the terrorist-supporting regimes in Syria and Iran must be destroyed. That is the true “road map to peace”. Syria should be held responsible for Hamas and the attacks against Israel. Has Syria done what Powell told them to do in Damascus with regards to Hamas? No. Iran is backing the attacks by terrorists in Iraq and is on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons. It is time to act, before it is too late. In both instances, the “road map” and the war on terror are interconnected, as they were in Iraq. America and the world are both safer today because Saddam Hussein is no longer in a position to sponsor terrorism.
Getting back to MacArthur. History has proven that MacArthur was right. 50 years later, North Korea is still around and is currently resorting to nuclear blackmail. Compromise has not solved anything on the Korean peninsula; it has only exacerbated the situation. Let's look at what MacArthur told Congress in 1951 after he was relieved of command:
“There are those who claim our strength is inadequate to protect on both fronts, that we cannot divide our effort. I can think of no greater expression of defeatism.Not only was General MacArthur correct in his assessment of dealing with the threat of Communism, but the dangers of appeasement as well. Some critics argue that we cannot fight on more than one front. That did not stop us during WWII, when we had to do so. This is America; we can do anything we put our minds to.
We are once again at a crossroads in history. We not only have a threat, once again, from North Korea, but from terrorism as well. Will we rise up to the challenge? MacArthur believed that we could not, and should not, compromise with evil. History confirms this as a truism. Just look at Nazi Germany for further evidence of how compromise and appeasement failed and how, ultimately, force had to be used to defeat evil. Examine the situation in North Korea fifty years later; the threat is still there and has become much worse.
Can we afford to deal with terrorism in the same manner? General MacArthur would say no.
"In war there is no substitute for victory."- General Douglas MacArthur
'I have developed a habit," writes Richard Ingrams, a columnist for The Guardian, a far-left British newspaper, "when confronted by letters to the editor in support of the Israeli government to look at the signature to see if the writer has a Jewish name. If so, I tend not to read it."
This shameful passage raised a small storm in Britain over anti-Semitism. But what about Ingrams' implicit assumption that Jews uniformly support the Sharon government?
At first glance, this might seem accurate. Israeli Jews voted Ariel Sharon into power and the leading diaspora Jewish organizations generally take their cues from Jerusalem. But a closer look reveals the assumption to be nonsense, as Jews are among Sharon's (and Israel's) most vehement and vocal critics.
The academic campaign to delegitimize Israel presents a striking example of this, for Jewish faculty have lead the effort. Noam Chomsky started and other Jews picked up the pressure on American university administrators to withdraw investments from Israel. In Britain, Steven and Hilary Rose initiated an academic boycott against Israel; John Docker had a similar role in Australia. Among Middle East specialists, Joel Beinin, Ian Lustick, Sara Roy, and Avi Shlaim lead the anti-Sharon charge.
Authors such as Norman Finkelstein, Thomas Friedman, Michael Lerner, Arthur Miller, and Susan Sontag are outspoken critics. Lawyer Stanley Cohen specializes in representing the enemies of Israel. British MP Oona King states that "in escaping the ashes of the Holocaust, [Israelis] have incarcerated another people in a hell similar in its nature -- though not its extent -- to the Warsaw ghetto." The president of the World Jewish Congress, Edgar Bronfman, clashes publicly with the Sharon government. One compilation lists 65 predominantly Jewish or Israeli anti-Sharon groups.
In short, Jews -- especially the intellectuals among them -- do not uniformly support Sharon.
There is, however, another group that does predictably support Israel: conservatives. And, no less predictably, the Left opposes Israel. While there are plenty of exceptions, this pattern has wide validity. Some examples:
- A conservative like U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay speaks of the "common destiny of the United States and Israel" and the "heartfelt friendship between the citizens of two democracies at war, bound by the solidarity of freedom." In contrast, a far-leftist like the writer Kirkpatrick Sale considers the idea of a Jewish state "a mistake" and explicitly proposes the time has come "to ask whether the 50-year-old experiment known as the state of Israel has proven to be a failure and should be abandoned."In many other countries, as Charlotte West observes, Israel also finds its most solid support among conservatives; Australia, Canada, France, Italy come to mind.
This is a new development. Twenty years ago, liberal or conservative outlooks had little bearing on one's views of Israel or other Middle East issues. During the Cold War, Middle Eastern problems stood largely outside the great debate of that era -- policy toward the Soviet Union -- so views of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Iraq, militant Islam, and other topics were formed in isolation from larger principles.
Today, all that has changed. The Middle East has replaced the Soviet Union as the touchstone of politics and ideology. With increasing clarity, conservatives stand on one side of its issues and liberals on the other.
Daniel Pipes is director of the Middle East Forum and author of Militant Islam Reaches America (W.W. Norton).
To fully understand current conflicts in the Middle East, history must be recalled. Acknowledged by the United Nations and the civilized community of nations, Israel became a recognized and sovereign state on May 14, 1948. Immediately, the five armies of Egypt, Syria, Transjordan (which was renamed Jordan one year later, in 1949), Lebanon and Iraq invaded the fledgling country. Their combined intention, celebrated enthusiastically all over the Arab world, was expressed plainly and publicly by Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League: "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre, which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades."
Hence, scarcely a few years after the Holocaust and resultant identification of Crimes Against Humanity, the intent of these Arab states toward the tiny new State of Israel was openly genocidal.
On May 15, 1967, Israel's nineteenth Independence Day, Egyptian troops began moving openly into the Sinai, massing aggressively near the Israeli border. By May 18, Syrian troops, too, were preparing for battle along the Golan Heights, almost 3000 feet above the Galilee, from which they had been shelling Israel's farms and villages for several years.
Egypt's Gamal Abd el-Nasser ordered the U.N. Emergency Force (UNEF), stationed in the Sinai since 1956, to withdraw. After the withdrawal of UNEF, the Voice of the Arabs proclaimed, on May 18, 1967: "As of today there no longer exists an international emergency force to protect Israel. We shall exercise patience no more. We shall not complain any more to the U.N. about Israel. The sole method we shall apply against Israel is total war, which will result in the extermination of Zionist existence."
Two days later, a jubilant echo came from Hafez Assad, then the Syrian Defense Minister: "Our forces are now entirely ready... to initiate the act of liberation itself, and to explode the Zionist presence in the Arab homeland.... The time has come to enter into a battle of annihilation."
President Abd ur-Rahman Aref of Iraq joined the chorus of genocidal threats: "The existence of Israel is an error which must be rectified. This is our opportunity to wipe out the ignominy which has been with us since 1948. Our goal is clear - to wipe Israel off the map."
Today, in early autumn 2003, this goal remains fixed and unchanged. Significantly, the goal remains nothing less than another Jewish genocide. Arab terrorism, as a complementary strategy of attrition, is consciously directed at the very same goal.
With particular reference to the Palestinians, the Charter of Hamas - the Islamic Resistance Movement - exclaims proudly: "There is no solution to the Palestinian problem except by Jihad... In order to face the usurpation of Palestine by the Jews, we have no escape from raising the banner of Jihad.... We must imprint on the minds of generations of Muslims that the Palestinian problem is a religious one, to be dealt with on this premise.... ‘I swear by He who holds in His Hands the Soul of Muhammad: I indeed wish to go to war for the sake of Allah! I promise to assault and kill, assault and kill, assault and kill.’”
Arab/Islamic plans for genocidal extermination of Israel have never been kept secret, perhaps because these plans don't really disturb the rest of the world. With rampant anti-Semitism again in fashion, especially in civilized Europe, few seem to recall that, prior to 1967 - when all Arabs were already screaming for Israel's "annihilation" and "liquidation" - there were no "Palestinian territories" under Israeli control. Exactly what was the Palestine Liberation Organization, and the Arab world in general, seeking to "liberate" between 1948 and 1967, when Gaza was held illegally by Egypt and Judea/Samaria (West Bank) by Jordan?
There is no viable "Road Map" peace process with Arab states or a "Palestinian Authority" today, nor has there ever been such a process. The formal treaties extant between Israel and Egypt and Israel and Jordan are little more than a temporary expedient by the Arab parties to buy time for critical rearmament and doctrinal refinement.
Even before Israel's declaration of statehood in 1948, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, on November 28, 1941, met in Berlin with Adolph Hitler (even today a great hero in the Arab world). The subject of Haj Amin's meeting with Hitler was "...the final solution of the Jewish Question." Further, this meeting, which followed Haj Amin's active organization of Muslim SS troops in Bosnia, included the Mufti's promise to aid Nazi Germany in the War. Haj Amin did everything possible to ensure Hitler's success with the Final Solution. He even urged the foreign ministers of the Lesser Axis Powers (Italy, Romania, Bulgaria) not to permit Jews to leave for Palestine.
It was essential, Haj Amin asserted, that Jews be sent to countries "...where they would find themselves under active control, for example, in Poland, in order to protect oneself from their menace and avoid consequent damage." The Haj, who was in regular contact with both Himmler and Eichmann, knew exactly what "active control" in Poland meant during the summer of 1943.
Now the Arab world seeks "active control" in Israel itself. Preparing for genocidal war against Israel with developing weapons of mass destruction, the Arab states - together with the Palestinians - argue repeatedly that the post-Holocaust concentration of Jews in "the Zionist entity" is proof of Allah's plan to make Jewish annihilation more practicable. Hence, the state created by the Jews to prevent another Holocaust is described by Israel's genocidal enemies as the literal means to create another Holocaust. Moreover, unless all people of good will begin to recognize and understand this inversion of Israel's purpose, Israel could indeed become the Arab/Islamic world's Final Solution to the Jewish Question. This bitter irony is so overwhelming and terrible that it is almost unutterable, but it cannot be disregarded.
Let us all listen to the following: For all believing Muslims, according to both Hamas and the Palestinian National Authority, "...peace with Israel was and still remains nothing less than a poison threatening the life-blood of Islam.... The Prophet is said to have predicted a final war to annihilate the Jews. Muhammad had stated: ‘The hour (i.e., salvation) will not come until you fight against the Jews; and the stone would say, “O Muslim! There is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.”’”
Attention must be paid. Preventing the crime of genocide must become more than a sterile codification of international law. History must be recalled.
“The road map is dead.”—PA Chairman Yasser Arafat, during an off-camera interview, declaring that because of Israel’s military aggression in recent weeks, there was no prospect for Palestinian terror groups such as Hamas resuming a cease-fire with Israel. (CNN, Sept. 3)
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