Jewish World Review June 4, 2003 / 4 Sivan, 5763
Trans-Jordanians aka Palestinians must take cues from Iraqis
If President Bush studies his map carefully, he'll discover that the road to
peace between Israelis and Palestinians goes through Baghdad and Riyadh.
You may have noticed that shortly after the "road map to peace" was
announced, there was an upsurge of Palestinian terror attacks against
Israeli civilians. You may recall that the current intifada began after
President Clinton and then Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak offered a
comprehensive plan with major Israeli concessions for creation of a
There is a reason for this. The terror groups Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic
Jihad, Yasser Arafat's Fatah party, and Yasser Arafat himself do not want a
two state solution to the Middle East crisis. They want to destroy Israel.
Consequently, they seek to sabotage any measure that has half a chance of
bringing about peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
It is immoral to advocate the extermination of Israel, and unreasonable to
expect that Israelis would consent to it. Yet liberals maintain that it is
Israeli intransigence, not Palestinian terror, that is the principal
obstacle to a comprehensive settlement. If only Israel would make this, that
or the other unilateral concession, Palestinians would trade in their
suicide bomb belts for expresso machines.
This perpetual presumption, rebutted time and again by events (Israel makes
unilateral concessions, and violence increases), defies logic and history as
well as morality. But it is consistent with the basic liberal approach to
foreign policy, which is that the United States should bully weaker friends,
because it might be dangerous to confront enemies.
But vanquishing enemies, as we did in Iraq, is the only way to set the stage
for genuine, lasting peace. This is why the first stage on the journey to a
Middle East peace runs through Baghdad. If a prosperous, democratic,
pro-Western society can be created there, the effect on the entire Arab
world will be revolutionary.
My experiences in Iraq incline me to think this outcome is likely. Despite
much of what you see on television and read in the newspapers, there is
probably no foreign capital where Americans of any stripe are as popular as
American soldiers are in Baghdad today. While there certainly are tens of
thousands, and probably are hundreds of thousands of Iraqis who hate
Americans and want us gone, Iraq is a nation of about 24 million people. The
overwhelming majority of Iraqis including majorities of all major ethnic
and religious groups either support the American presence in their
country, or are indifferent to it.
The proof of this is the behavior of the children, who treat our troops as
if they were rock stars or super heroes. Sentry posts are swarmed by smiling
children. Foot patrols of a squad of eight or ten soldiers swiftly turn into
gaggles of 30 or 40, as the kids press in: "Mister, Mister, what your name
Mister? Play soccer Mister? Bush good!"
If these attitudes persist, a decade from now Iraq will rival Britain as
America's staunchest friend in the world.
The economic prospects for Iraq certainly are good. It is the only Arab
country that has both oil and water, and Iraq has, by far, the best educated
populace in the Arab world. And unlike most Arab countries, Iraq could have
a vibrant tourist industry. Civilization was born there. One day quite soon,
tourists will be able to visit Ur, birthplace of the Jewish patriarch
Abraham; the sites of the hanging gardens of Babylon and the old Assyrian
capital of Nineveh, and what local folklore says was the site of the Garden
Meanwhile, the threat made by al Qaida against the Saudi royal family is one
of the happiest developments in the war on terror, because it will force the
royals to get off the fence. The Saudis have been playing a double game,
professing to be a U.S. ally, while subsidizing anti-Western preaching in
mosques, and funneling hundreds of millions to terror groups. Now that
their own necks are in the noose, the Saudi royals may actually cooperate in
the war on terror.
Terrorists cannot be negotiated with. But they can be defeated and starved
of funds. Peace will not come to the Middle East until Palestinians see the
benefits of peace unfolding in Iraq, and until the Saudis stop funding the
groups that offer Palestinians only perpetual war.
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