What a Difference a Day Makes

What a difference a day makes. Or was that a year? I almost had to laugh the other day when I saw a certain front page picture in the Los Angeles Times. Like they say, ?A picture is worth a thousand words.? It depicted a dozen Iraqi men surrounded by barbed wire. The accompanying story had something about how the entire town of Tikrit was surrounded with fence and barbed wire, and that ther

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What a difference a day makes. Or was that a year? I almost had to laugh the other day when I saw a certain front page picture in the Los Angeles Times. Like they say, ?A picture is worth a thousand words.? It depicted a dozen Iraqi men surrounded by barbed wire. The accompanying story had something about how the entire town of Tikrit was surrounded with fence and barbed wire, and that there was now only one entrance into the city. A heavily guarded entrance, too, I might add. The reason for the barrier was obviously for ?damage control? and to protect the soldiers who were patrolling the town.

My, my, isn?t that something? Funny, I can remember in our not-so-distant past when the State Department and its leaders, and especially President Bush, were giving almost daily photo-ops about how ?angry? and ?disappointed? we were with Israel for building that nasty fence in Samaria.

Not so long ago, the State Department was proposing that the United States hold in the reins with Israel, and cut to almost nothing the badly needed loan guarantees, if Israel continued building the barrier between Israel and the terrorists. Somehow, they failed to mention that the terrorist attacks made the separation fence necessary in the first place. Out of the hundreds of homicide bombings of Israel and its citizens, isn?t it amazing how almost none have come from Gaza? A place, coincidentally, where there is already a fence in place, separating Gaza from Israel.

What I find even more interesting was that nowhere in the horrific Road Map was a fence even mentioned. However, it did mention and specify in the ?Road Map to Auschwitz? that the Palestinians must cease the violence and dismantle their terror regime. None of that was even attempted, and Bush and Powell and the rest of the ?gang? continued to ignore the most important violation, while continuing to get on Israel?s case for a fence that wasn?t even mentioned in any document.

Amazing, now that the same Arab crazies are shooting our American planes down from the sky, how the 101st Airborne feel free to go into Saddam?s hometown of Tikrit, where most of the ambushes have been happening, and bomb the hell out of the city. Wow, where are the same cries for ?restraint? that Bush and Powell were so recently demanding from the Israeli government after the same thing happened to them? Except, in the case of Israel, it wasn?t five or six soldiers killed, as in Iraq, but maybe thirty innocent men, women and children, who might have been having lunch in a seaside cafe and just happened to get in the way of the Palestinian terrorist?s bomb. The double standard that is so often used when it comes to Israel just doesn?t seem so palatable now that it?s so close to home.

Wait, folks, until they start bombing in our coffee shops and department stores, like in Israel, right here on our home turf in the United States. It is inevitable that it is going to happen. I have repeated so often it?s getting boring that Israel was the canary in the mine. These Islamic fundamentalists love nothing better than to test our resolve by doing the only thing they know best, terrorism. They tried it out in the streets of Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem. Now, they have perfected it on the streets of Baghdad and surrounding neighborhoods. They are again testing Uncle Sam?s resolve in continuing the war on terror.

Does it make me a bad person if, when I see that the Royal Family in Saudi Arabia is now being hit on the home front, I smile? I watched the evening news and saw the Saudi Prince saying how terrorism must be stopped and the evilness they do be punished. Wow! Does that mean that they won?t be having those big telethons anymore where they raise hundreds of millions of dollars to present the poor families of the ?martyred? victims - the PA suicide bombers? Or, does that just mean they?ll continue to promote and pay for terrorism against the Jewish State and punish the terrorists within their own country?

I have to tell you one important thing. As an American who feels strongly about the State of Israel and her safety, I don?t understand how the present government in Israel can vote to release four hundred terrorists so they can go and kill more civilians in coffee shops, schools and buses, in order for the bodies of three dead soldiers and one live business man to be released. Lord, what kind of message does this send? The lesson learned from this is that terror pays, guaranteeing future kidnappings and blackmail.

Nor, can I fathom what is in Israeli minds when they silence the radio of Arutz Sheva because they are a little too much to the Right for the powers that be. Not so long ago, my column was dropped, after thirty years, from the Jewish Post & Opinion because the new regime thought my writing was too ?mean to the Arabs?. The Thought Police seem to be alive and well in Israel, too, much to the detriment of its people.

Are they so blind that they just ?don?t get it? and realize that the final plan is for the State of Israel to disappear? It seems to be apparent to everyone, except the politicians who continue to make disastrous decisions.

It should be obvious to everyone who lives on our planet that this is not just a war on terror. We are in a war of ideology and there are nearly two billion Moslems out there who are waiting in the wings for the destruction of the West. Discussion is not an acceptable solution.



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