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Wednesday, June 04, 2003

Losing Faith in the President

The President was at his best on September 20, 2001 when he said:

The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them. Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated...

...They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East...

...Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.
Why is he retreating on these words? What part of palestinian terror doesn't fit into his declared goals for the war on terror? Why do we demand so much of our Israeli friends and expect so little from the Arabs?

The clarity of Bush's address to the Joint Session of Congress is gone.

There is no will to hunt or fight the PLO terrorists. By meeting their number 2 man, we give tacit approval to Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah, PFLP, al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade, and every other terrorist group. As long as they have influence with Arafat and Mahmood Abbas palestinian connected terrorist organizations have carte blanche. Somehow their terrorism is OK. I don’t understand how or why we just ignore them.

Do we really support giving National Sovereignty to those thugs? Do they really think that relief for the innocent Arab victims of the 55 year war with Israel will come by granting sovereignty? Do they really think democratic reforms will happen so quickly?

Call me a cynic, but democracy won’t have a chance for success in a sovereign state of Palestine. As long as the thugs and terrorists in charge there will be no change in the lives of the common people. Eventually they will have to be utterly defeated and reforms will have to begin from scratch. Iraq’s history should be studied and compared.

The President has lost his clarity of purpose. He is reaching too far to appease the Arabs. He is, like every President in recent history, letting the Arabs continue their delusional thinking. Yes, delusional thinking. How can it be described as anything but delusional? Take Sadat’s assassination, gunned down at a military parade to commemorate the Egyptian victory in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. By continuing to coddle the Arabs on the issue of their war with Israel we encourage these delusions.

The President is taking a big risk in involving himself so personally at so early a stage in this round of talks. Simply by his presence, he gives legitimacy and credibility to the corrupt leadership of a loosely knit consortium of terrorists whose immediate aim is the destruction of Israel. By pressuring Israel into more concessions he further confuses the issue. He is showing the Arabs that terrorism works, while declaring a continued War on Terror. His message has been muddled.

This loss of clarity has confused the situation and is causing confusion and frustration among both friendly and unfriendly governments, and among his political supporters. It worries and saddens me. I'm losing faith in this Administration's ability to lead.


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