Tuesday, August 06, 2002

RUMSFELD ON THE MIDEAST

Asked about where he stood on the Mideast crisis, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, usually silent about the situation since it does not (unfortunately) involve U.S. troops, reminded us of a plain and simple fact that most Europeans seem to have forgotten.

"My feelings about the so-called occupied territories are that there was a war," Rumsfeld said. "Israel urged neighboring countries not to get involved in it once it started. They all jumped in and they lost a lot of real estate to Israel because Israel prevailed in the conflict."

The simple truth, and a great example of logic and sense.

Monday, August 05, 2002

C'MON, DO SOMETHING!

Andre from 'Middle East Realities' says:

Isn't it time for Israel to say "to hell with the world opinion"? When Israel doesn't react, more violence happens and goes unpunished. When Israel reacts, it gets condemned regardless of what it does. So it is time for Israel to give the IDF the green light to solve the Palestinian terror problem once and for all.

Exactly. How long is Israel supposed to take all this horror? How long can we stand there watching all these cowards and their lobotomized kids scream their joy in the streets of Gaza City everytime more innocents are massacred? It's only going to get worse as Sharon hesitates to move. With the U.S. Congress and opinion firmly on your side, you can tell Europe to go to hell and actually take the steps to end the massacre. Don't be afraid of taking it 'too far' because any response is 'too far' for Europeans. Don't listen to what the world may say, just do what is necessary to preserve your life. French journalists always feel obligated to add 'the peace process needs to resume' after annoucing that students or little girls have been blown to pieces by a bomb, and always look at Israel as if saying 'it's your fault'. That is just ridiculous. How can you have peace when one side has crossed every single limit and has imposed a culture of murder and chaos to a whole generation? The Palestinians want nothing to do with a 'peace process' so what is the point of waiting until they get tired of killing? This did not work with Hitler, it's not going to work with them. The only way out of this is an all-out war (that the Palestinians have already started) to make them understand Israel is there to stay. Maybe then the Palestinians will get on with actually building something constructive and ask themselves 'Were we stupid, or what'?