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Sunday, March 30, 2003

The Israeli media may by unsympathetic right now, and they may have some reason to be. But the Americans are stepping into a situation not much different from Israel's. We Americans are going to get a more personal look at living and operating amidst a largely hostile population where the combatants are extremely difficult to identify. Suicide bombers and snipers are likely to become the largest threat. A degree of indignation on some Israelis' part is understandable, since Americans have never appreciated Israel's difficulty of defending themselves while American politicians try to force more concessions to the Arabs. Certainly that indignation leads to a lack of sympathy when America is faced with a similar situation. It is going to be a very long and difficult task to bring "freedom" and democracy to a culture that is so suspicious of our motives.


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