Terrorism Is A Tactic
By Charley Reese
Clearing House" -- --
Terrorism is a tactic, not an entity, and
it is a tactic used by people who have a political grievance.
Therefore, if you want to eliminate terrorism, you have to
address the political problems that gave it birth.
President Bush has made no effort to do this. He has aggravated
the situation and made it worse. He's created a virtual factory
I am a firm believer that what you sow you reap, and it is a bad
business to sow hatred, but unfortunately it seems that our
president has been seduced by the great power he commands. He
thinks the military and the intelligence community can solve the
problem of terrorism.
He should note carefully the situation with Israel. Since 1947,
the Israelis have been trying to use force instead of diplomacy
to solve the Palestinian problem. And what is that problem? The
Zionists, encouraged by the British, planted a colonialist
country in Palestine with no regard for the rights or wishes of
the Palestinian people.
Just as the Jews used terrorism to drive the British out of
Palestine, the Palestinians have been forced to resort to it,
and for 59 years the Israelis have been trying to kill their way
out of it. It hasn't worked. The Palestinians are still there.
They kill, too. And, 100 years from now, the Palestinians will
still be there, but it's not at all certain Israel will be. I
tend to agree with a former head of Israeli military
intelligence who said that if the Palestinians are not given
their own state, Israel will be committing national suicide.
I think he's right. The Israelis have become so paranoid, they
are walling themselves in and, of course, stealing more
Palestinian land in the process. But the wall won't help. There
are Palestinians inside the wall who hold Israeli citizenship.
There are Palestinians in the West Bank, in Gaza, in East
Jerusalem. There are also Palestinians in refugee camps inside
the West Bank and in Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. So long as there
is no justice for the Palestinians, there will be no peace in
Thanks to a powerful Israeli lobby, our government, instead of
pursuing our interests, has made itself an accessory to the
crimes the Israelis commit against the Palestinians. Hence, we
have become a target for terrorists, too. The president's
statement that the terrorists "hate freedom" was just a cart
full of cow pies. What they hate is our Middle East policy, and
it is hardly a policy that has anything to do with freedom.
When the Palestinians held a free election and didn't elect the
corrupt group of men we wanted, what did we do? We took our
marbles and went home and pouted. We added to the misery of the
Palestinians. We proved ourselves hypocrites, because a key
element of democracy is to recognize the results of a free
election. The president refuses to do that. For decades, we have
denied the Palestinians the protection of international law by
vetoing every United Nations resolution that sought to correct
the wrongs committed by Israel. We have poured billions of
dollars into Israel and made it a regional superpower complete
with nuclear weapons.
In the meantime, we have invaded two Muslim nations, neither of
which was at war or was a threat to us. It's taken the Taliban
some time to get reorganized, but they've come back. We've lost
236 men in Afghanistan, and if we stay, we'll lose more. Anybody
who thinks we can do what neither the British at the height of
their power nor the Soviets could do is, I think, mistaken.
Killing foreigners has been the national pastime in Afghanistan
for centuries. The longer we stay, the more Afghans will turn
We should pull out of the Middle East and adopt a fair and just
attitude toward the Palestinians. Otherwise, we are risking
disaster. All of America's allies in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi
Arabia, Pakistan and Kuwait are one bullet away from a change of
government. The tactical and strategic situation could change as
quickly as an earthquake strikes. If Iran makes you nervous, how
would you like to see an Islamist government in control of
Pakistan, with its nuclear weapons and missiles? Or commanding
the 70 million people in Egypt? We should get out now while, as
they say in the South, the "getting is good." That's the only
way you can win the so-called war on terrorism.
© 2006 by King Features Syndicate, Inc.
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