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"Terrorism of Global Reach" Gets Local By: Israel Insider
Israel Insider | Monday, January 06, 2003


Remember when the Bush Administration tried to distinguish between "low-level local conflict" (Israel vs. Palestinians) and "terrorism of global reach" (the West vs. Qaeda)? The translation was roughly: Terrorists that Kill You vs. Terrorists that Kill Us.

The former was Israel's problem, to be solved peacefully. The latter justified world war.

Since the Qaeda attacks on the synagogue in Djerba, and attacks on an Israeli hotel and airliner in Mombasa, that distinction even less credible. Intelligence sources report that the focus of Qaeda now is on Jewish and Israel targets.

From the start, Israelis have recognized that we are on the front lines of the war against global Islamic aggression, with Palestinian suicide bombing copied, on a grander scale, in the 9/11 attacks.
Now, in the imminent war against Iraq, Israel finds itself once again the primary target. Not only that, we are not just the target of Saddam, but also of Bush.

The refusal of the UK to supply spare parts for Israel's Phantom fighters, of Germany to supply armored personnel carriers, and the veiled ultimatum inherent in the Quartet "road map" to a Palestinian State add up to a clear message that Israel is bound to be the next object of international pressure.

And, of course, Israel's is the nation most exposed to violent retribution if Allied forces attack Iraq, or Iraq seeks to pre-empt that attack.

Paraphrasing Begin's quip after the Sabra and Shatila massacres, where Lebanese Christians carried avenged themselves on Lebanese Moslems: "Goyim kill goyim, and they come to hang the Jews."

The Quartet roadmap is based on the same false assumption that has prevented the West from mounting a credible campaign against Islamic aggression: reward terrorism by demanding concessions to Palestinian terror, award them an undeserved state, and somehow the terrorists will agree to spare Western interests.

Wrong. Is it not more logical that the terrorists will thus conclude that their violence achieved victory, and thus pursue greater violence and greater victories.

The only effective way to stop terrorism is to back Israel's efforts to prove that Islamic terrorism, whether from Fatah, Hamas, Jihad, or Qaeda, is totally counter-productive.

The victory must be as resounding as was the Allied defeat of Nazism and Japanese imperialism in World War Two. Only then will a "Marshall Plan" and a durable resolution of the Israeli-Arab conflict be conceivable.

It may be hard for Europeans and American liberals to stomach, but only military force can stem the tide of rapacious Islam. President Bush is leading this campaign to isolate and dissipate terrorist forces on a global scale. Ariel Sharon is leading the campaign west of the Jordan. The global war against terrorism, for Israel, is local. Israel winning the war locally is an essential prerequisite for the West to defeat Islamic terror worldwide.

Shabbat shalom.



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