Get Outta Town!

Maybe it's because we in the U.S. are more poetic in our demands that nobody thinks of having "emergency sessions" in the United Nations to complain. For instance, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, said at a news conference, "We will be relentless in the pursuit of these targets." He continued, "The timing is perfect for the anti-coalition forces and

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Wow! I feel ever so much safer now that President Bush has gotten so vocal and is standing in the door of the Baghdad OK Coral telling the enemy in his best Texan drawl, ?Turn yourselves in, or die!?

Hey, I like that "Get outta' town" attitude. Do ya' think that Israel might adopt that same attitude? Or will Bush send his deputy, Colin Powell, over for one of those "emergency meetings" we've all come to expect, to discuss how the Jewish State - by their intransigent attitude - is a hindrance to the Roadmap to hell?

Maybe it's because we in the U.S. are more poetic in our demands that nobody thinks of having "emergency sessions" in the United Nations to complain. For instance, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, said at a news conference, "We will be relentless in the pursuit of these targets." He continued, "The timing is perfect for the anti-coalition forces and the former regime elements to make a decision that it is time to 'embrace the future'." Sanchez said.

Now, isn?t that lovely - "embracing the future"?

So, maybe that's why there isn't any protest from the Left when he finishes his comments with, "We are focused. We are effective in our pursuit of these individuals. We are going to capture them or kill them, as is our mission."

Lovely, dontcha' think?

And when he does go after the bad guys, I?ll bet that President Bush won?t be wearing his white hat. Nor will any of his deputies rushing over to demand that the jails be opened in Guantanamo and the prisoners let loose as a "good-will gesture". Hey, we?re proud of that deck of cards that we've been so relentless in pursuing.

I kinda like that attitude of tough love that we in the United States are taking with our good friends, the Iraqis. In fact, it gives me an idea: How about sending all of those pesky terrorists who are so busy ambushing United States soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with the mistreated terrorists whom Israelis have to contend with on a daily basis in vicious attacks against their civilians, and send them to Mars?

The problem as I see it is just in semantics and the gentle phrasing of words, as our government has mastered so well. If Israel?s prime ministers would learn the art of double-speak and double-cross, instead of just telling things as they are, maybe the acceptance of cutting the cancer out of the country wouldn?t be so impossible. After all, it hasn?t taken much for the world ? and even worse, Israelis, and worst of all, the Israeli government ? to accept the thought of moving the Jews out of their rightful land so it could be turned over to the Arabs. All they have to do is use the words, "peace" and "transfer" in the same sentence to make it palatable.

The steady rise in Arab fundamentalism is a cancer. I recently spent some time with Dr. Pinchas Gerber, PhD, who is the director of the Shomron Development Fund, which was established to help the families of the Shomron live normal, healthy lives. He spread out the map and pointed to the areas that have now been given over to the Arabs and it cuts through the very heart of the tiny Jewish state. Why is the phrase "moving them out" in relation to the Jews acceptable, and not the other way around?

I wonder: If Israel were to go after these killers, would U.S. officials still see it as an impediment to peace under the Roadmap plan? And, why is it imperative that Israel feel an obligation to accede to the wishes of the world, or even the demands of the USA? What is the obligation to follow orders from the American State Department? When did Israel, in lieu of a state, become a banana republic? Would it ever be possible, as touted in our anti-drug program, to "Just Say No"?

After every bombing, there are 20,000 Arab "workers" who wait at the gates of Gaza to come back to their jobs when Israel closes the crossing ? and then Israel re-opens the crossing after two or three days, fearful of charges of "collective punishment." Since the re-openings are always followed by more bombings (or shootings), wouldn't it be desirable to tell the "workers" that no, this time they're staying out? And, actually mean it?

Good L-rd, why do we in the U.S. always underestimate the value of Israel?s friendship? Even the pictures which are coming back from Mars, which I again suggest as a good place to found the twenty-third Arab state, are thanks to former Technion students. Israel gives enormous help in science, medicine and technology. And now that we are finally experiencing the daily threat of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism, Israeli forces are teaching security to American forces and airport personnel. In fact, if the truth be told, I?ll bet that there is a lot more tangible help that Israel is giving to the USA that nobody talks about, so we don't "make the Arabs angry."

Israel should worry more about what is good for her, rather than pleasing those that most often would delight in her demise.



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