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Jewish World Review March 19, 2004 / 26 Adar, 5764

No Way Out of War

By Jonathan Tobin


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Spain's election should remind the world that terrorism usually works


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | The horrific attack on Madrid's commuter rail lines last week proved to be Spain's Sept. 11. But last Sunday's Spanish election may well go down as a far greater victory for the terrorist group Al Qaeda than even the much larger atrocity in the United States.

That's because the Spanish electorate reacted to their recent tragedy, now believed to be the work of an offshoot of the same network that masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks, by voting out of office a government that had strongly supported the U.S. war on terror.

There were, of course, many reasons why this might have happened. But the clear implication seems to be that Spain's opposition Socialist Party profited from a sense that their country was being targeted for playing an active and useful role in the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq. The Socialists' anti-war stand was, in the minds of the majority of voters, vindicated by the destruction in Madrid.

And no matter what the motivations of Spanish voters might have been, the Islamic terror network that sent people to Madrid to murder hundreds of innocents will conclude that their attack achieved its goal.

While the phrase "don't let the terrorists win" became so widely used in this country in the months after Sept. 11 that it became a meaningless cliche, the same fear does not appear to have bothered the Spanish. Instead, their attitude toward Al Qaeda, like that of many of their fellow members of the European Union, seems to be: Concentrate your fire on the Americans and leave us alone.

JUST ANOTHER FORM OF BLACKMAIL
That's the worst thing about modern terror. Like most forms of blackmail, in most circumstances, it generally works.

All of which reminds us that there is an election coming up in this country in November. Will the prospect of ousting President George W. Bush serve as an incentive for terrorists to step up their efforts to kill Americans?

That's a terrible question few will utter aloud, though it has to be on everyone's mind these days. As JWR contributing columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote last month, we have no way of knowing whether the lack of an Al Qaeda follow-up attack here is the result of the victories America has won in the war on terror, or a decision by terrorists to hold their fire until a more propitious moment arrives.

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But though we may not have the ability to predict or stop all future attacks, Americans of all political stripes can do something decisive: make it clear that terrorists will gain nothing by a change in administration in Washington. Perhaps the most dangerous thing that we can do - and it may be difficult for those opposed to Bush's re-election to fathom - is to give the world the same impression the Spanish electorate did before the bombs exploded in Madrid: Namely, that we are prepared to opt out of the clash of civilizations that the war on terror has become.

We risk more than a divisive debate if the pressure of partisan politics tempts us into making this election a referendum on the war on terror itself. The idea that politics ought to stop at the water's edge is an old-fashioned notion, but given the stakes involved, it must now become an imperative.

As much as some of us would prefer to think that Islamic terror is some sort of elaborate police problem - as the experts on the Islamic world reminded us, before and after Sept. 11 - it is, in fact, a war. As was the case in the immediate aftermath of the assault on America, the question is not whether the Islamists will continue to fight, but whether we will take up the challenge and treat it as the threat to our existence that it is. Like it or not, fate has handed us another world war from which there is no safe haven.

Unfortunately, much of Europe, with the honorable exceptions of Britain, Spain and Poland chose to opt out of the struggle in Iraq. But it appears as if the terrorists have picked off one of our allies, leaving America a little more isolated and vulnerable.

NOT A PARTISAN ISSUE
One of the issues that some supporters of Sen. John Kerry, the apparent Democratic Party presidential nominee, have seized upon is whether or not America is loved abroad. Kerry himself seems to have let slip some remarks last week that gave the impression he has been told that Europe is rooting for him.

That may well be true, but what Europeans who have chosen not to fight for the future of civilization think of either of the major-party candidates should not be an issue. Indeed, what we need most from Kerry, whose honorable service in the armed forces has been a key selling point for his candidacy, is to send a message to our enemies and doubtful allies that cannot be misinterpreted: America will fight the war no matter who sits in the Oval Office. Rejecting a Franco-German-style appeasement of Islamic and Arab extremists isn't a Republican or Democratic issue, and it ought never to be treated as one.

If the world needed an example of the perils of appeasing terror, they need look no further than the attempts of numerous leaders to buy off Palestinian terrorists with pressure on Israel.

Though many here and in Europe reject any linkage of the Palestinian war against Israel with the Al Qaeda assault on the West, there's little doubt remaining that Islamists see Israel as a bridgehead of democracy in the Middle East that must not be allowed to exist. The tragic events of the last 31/2 years of Palestinian violence, as well as the decade since the signing of the Oslo peace accords, have shown that every attempt by Israel and the international community to mollify the Palestinians has been met by increasing doses of terrorism. Americans and Europeans should take note of this and draw appropriate conclusions. Al Qaeda will be no more forgiving of appeasement than Hamas or Fatah. The American election should be fought over the question of who is best able to lead America's war effort in the next four years, not whether or not we are fighting one. Republicans and Democrats can call each other all the names they like, but on that question, there should be no daylight between Bush or Kerry. If there is, the price will probably be paid in blood, not votes.

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