by Stan Goodenough - Jerusalem Watchman - October 13, 2006
“I believe there could be no greater legacy for America than to help bring into being a Palestinian state for people who have suffered too long, have been humiliated too long.”
- United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Washington, October 11, 2006.
"I believe there could be no greater legacy for America than to help secure, in their God-given land, a nation of people that has suffered at the hands of men everywhere, and been targeted for extinction for more than two thousand years."
- Jerusalem Newswire co-editor Stan Goodenough, Jerusalem, October 12, 2006.
Condoleezza Rice is a powerful and very important person. She represents the government of the United States of America. Her beliefs and the decisions she makes affect millions of people in every corner of the globe.
I'm a nobody; my beliefs do little more than irritate most of the handful of people who hear them; my decisions only really affect the tiny circle of my immediate family.
Nonetheless, it is because I believe the word of God and in the calling He has placed on His people that I can boldly make the statement above. I am convinced that the legacy I advocate is the only one that America should pursue.
As laudable as Dr. Rice's sympathies may appear, they are misdirected.
Just take a drive through Gaza City, Hebron, Bethlehem, the Arab-populated parts of Jerusalem, capital of Israel, Ramallah, Kalkilya, Tulkarem and Shechem (Nablus) and you will lose count of the number of luxurious mansions - five six, seven stories high - towering along the skylines of these "Palestinian" cities.
Wind your way through the gently-sloping Samarian and Judean hills, and see the million-dollar mosques and minarets rising from the "Palestinian" villages dotting the landscape; villages that are illegally booming into purposefully spread-out towns - Arab facts-on-the-ground.
International sanctions or not, money continues to pour into the areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority.
This is not to say that there are no impoverished Arabs in these places - there are many.
What suffering they experience, however, has been visited upon them, and perpetuated, by their own Arab umma (nation). As such, it is the Arab states that should be pressured into resolving the plight of these, their people. With their enormous oil-wealth and extensive land masses, they could put the “poor Palestinians” out of their misery overnight
But there is another people, a nation on our planet who, more than any other in the long history of the world, has been singled out for persecution, affliction, torment and death at the hands of hate-filled human beings.
Both in extent and duration, their suffering surpasses that experienced by any other people. It began long before most of today's nations even came into being, and it continued, uninterrupted, from the classical civilization of antiquity, through the dark and middle ages, the enlightenment, and into modern times - right up to our day.
Virtually every nation has meted out pain to this nation. I do not really need to list the lands. The Jews have been hated everywhere. And the one, single purpose behind that persecution was to get them to assimilate; to make them disappear.
But they survived. Courageously, tenaciously, they clung to their national identity and the expression of their faith, and they survived. Against all the odds, through two genocidal wars - one that saw two-thirds of them annihilated by the Romans, the other that saw two-thirds of them annihilated by the Nazis - and through the long tunnel of tribulation that spanned those holocausts, they survived.
Finally, against all the precedents of history, they returned to their land and their land was returned to them.
But their return, instead of diminishing the hatred, fueled it. For nearly 60 years they have been under perpetual assault - militarily from the Islamic nations, politically from the Western ones.
Today the whole world wants to take their little land away from them. Those who do not want to cut it in half want to erase it completely from the map.
The whole world? Not quite. There is still America. But there is not much time. The United States is rapidly slipping away. Caught in the current, it sits at the head of the international attempt to disconnect the Jews from their land; its resistance to that effort steadily worn away.
It is late; but still not too late. America can still turn around. America, already universally despised and opposed, will lose little if reverse its course.
Imagine if the United States put the brakes on the whole land-for-peace process?
Imagine if the President of the United States informed the General Assembly of the United Nations that America was no longer willing to aid and abet the rest of the world in stealing Israel's land to give to the Arabs.
Imagine if the United States cut diplomatic ties and ended trade relations with every Arab state that refused to open its doors and offer full citizenship to the "Palestinians."
Imagine if the United States made the continued existence of all diplomatic and trade ties with Washington conditional on each nation realigning itself with the Jewish state against the Arab-Islamic bloc.
Imagine if the United States made its full military might available to protect and defend Israel against any and every attack upon her.
Imagine if the United States positioned itself shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel against the rest of the world.
Imagine if the United States became the first and only nation that put the people and land of God above their own national interests and pursuits.
Imagine being the person who helped align your nation with Israel against the rest of the world.
Now THERE is a legacy worth pursuing!
THERE is a legacy worth paying any price for.
THERE is a legacy that would last, not just for 100 years, not even for just a millennium, but for all eternity.
It is a legacy hardly attained to by any other nation in the history of the world - the legacy of the sheep nation.
And, ultimately, Dr. Rice, THAT is the legacy that would see peace come to Israel, the Palestinian Arabs and all the other Arabs in the Middle East.
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