Fooled Again: Let Loose the Dogs of War
By Andrew L. Jaffee, August 22, 2003
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Cry "havoc!" and let loose the dogs of war,
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.

~ ~ ~ from "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare

Harsh words, but now necessary because of Wednesday's homicide bombing against Israeli civilians, wrought by Palestinian terrorists.

No matter what you think of Julius Caesarís politics, he was a damn good general. So is/was Ariel Sharon. He has shown enormous restraint in dealing with the Palestinian terror-masters. No more restraint. No more "negotiations." No more concessions by the Israelis. It is time to let loose Israel's dogs of war, one of the world's best and most ferocious fighting forces.

What change has new Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen brought to his own people and to Israelis? He talks a good talk, and I initially was hopeful that he would bring something fresh to the peace process. My optimism has been steadily fading. What has Abu Mazen delivered? The best he can do is a meaningless cease-fire ("hudna")?

As The Who's Pete Townsend most eloquently put it in "Won't Get Fooled Again":

And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they all flown in the last war...

There's nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now a parting on the right...

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

So the Palestinian Authority has painted over some anti-Israeli graffiti. So what? So Abu Mazen negotiates with terrorists. That's awful. Sounds like a whitewash to me (if you'll allow me the pun). Where's the beef?

Nonetheless, Israel has swallowed the "ceasefire," probably because of pressure from the U.S. The Jewish State has withdrawn from Gaza, released hundreds of Palestinian prisoners, and has even dismantled several illegal settlements in the West Bank. What has Israel gotten in return for these concessions? This week, they got 20 innocents killed and 80 wounded.

I'm just tired of hearing about how Israel should deal with the Palestinians on equal ground. What a joke. Israel defends itself against terrorism, and itís called a "terrorist state." The apologists for terror, the politically correct, the feel-good generation; they all forget or revise history. They forget that Israel is a democracy, that the Arabs violently rejected the U.N. partition plan of 1947, that Arab violence against Jews in the Holy Land has been incessant since 1900, that Israel tried to negotiate with the Arabs in 1918, 1949, 1967, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1993, and 2000, and that although Israel is a tiny sliver of land, she gave up territory in 1957, 1974, 1975, 1982, 1988, 1994, 1995, and 1998.

Enough talk! Enough negotiating! The BBC said today that:

Newspapers report that the Israeli Government is now prepared to track down and kill the leaders of these groups one by one wherever they may be.

Good! Have people forgotten that Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction? Hello! Time for Israel to do the job that the Palestinian Authority is unwilling to do: destroy the Palestinian terrorists. Will there be a world outcry? Of course, but who cares. Remember the hysterical ranting of Yasir Arafat who last year accused Israel of "massacring" thousands of Palestinians in the battle of Jenin? The UN later revealed that 13 Israelis and 54 Palestinians had actually died during the fighting. In other words, no crisis. I'm convinced that U.S. President Bush would quietly back Israel's actions, despite the "roadmap." After Wednesday's suicide bombing, Bush said:

...the Palestinian Authority needed to move to "dismantle and destroy" militant groups and that the United States was prepared to help.

Time for Israel to let loose its dogs of war.

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