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Despite the growing dismay over the daily attacks against American forces in Iraq, it should by now be quite clear that things could not really be otherwise.
As this page has been opining for years, more frequently since 9/11, there is a Moslem fundamentalist-fueled effort around the globe to confront - and ultimately overcome - Western
civilization through a continuing war of terror. Not able to directly challenge modern military power, resort has been to primitive, relatively inexpensive hit and run strategies, capitalizing on the element of surprise and the ability to arbitrarily choose targets at will. This is not to suggest that there is one central headquarters for terror, but rather that there is a global network that shares intelligence, funding, personnel and training camps with a presence in hotspots around the world.
Thus, American military might made quick work of the Iraqi army and now, the terror network has kicked in, coopting and largely overtaking Saddam Hussein diehards in the current assaults on U.S. personnel. Indeed, U.S. spokesmen are no longer claiming that they do not know whether there is an organized anti-U.S. effort or ragtag opposition in play and are reluctantly conceding the existence of some broader infrastructure. It is inconceivable - and foolhardy to suppose - that the attacks, which have already resulted in half as many American deaths as we suffered in Operation Iraqi Freedom are simply the work of “Iraqi militants.” Indeed, the documented influx of Arab and Islamist “volunteers” into Iraq is only now drawing serious attention.
Hopefully, the Bush Administration will finally learn from Israel’s sad experience with this sort of thing. For years Israel had to labor under the Clinton Administration’s refusal to acknowledge an international dimension to Palestinian terrorists – the Clintonites persisted in referring to them as “militants.” Denying that reality suggested “resistance” and lent a certain legitimacy in some circles to the Palestinian’s murderous thuggery. And it also impeded Israel’s efforts to address terror full-throttle. It was only after President Bush came to accept Israel’s war against Palestinian terror as part of the world-wide war against terror that things started to change, even if America’s new view is not shared by the UN and Europe. It was not for nothing that some Palestinians saw the President’s resolve as an indication that something – if only cosmetically – had to give.
There are many people out there - the French, Russians and Germans come immediately to mind – who are insanely jealous of America’s emergence as the world’s only true superpower and will seek every opportunity to promote efforts to undermine it. Although these nations doubtless hold no brief for Muslim fundamentalism, fundamentalist guerrilla warfare seems tailor-made for them as an antidote to Operation Iraqi Freedom, which they accurately foresaw would confirm American dominance and which they virulently opposed.
In our view, President Bush must take the proverbial bull by the horns and relentlessly pursue those involved in the current wave of attacks against Americans in Iraq both within and outside
Iraq. Not only will this most effectively deal with the threat, but by underscoring an international dimension, the President will be able to counter the European goal of depicting the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom as just “Iraqi resistance” to wrong-headed “American occupation.”
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Am Yisrael is one family, filled with excruciating pain&sorrow for losing the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof
What is its message of the dreidel?” The complexity and hidden nature of history and miracles.
Police play down Arab terrorism as mere “violence” until the truth can no longer be hidden.
Obama obtained NO verifiable commitments from Cuba it would desist from acts prejudicial to the US
No one would deny that the program subjected detainees to less than pleasant treatment, but the salient point is, for what purpose?
For the past six years President Obama has consistently deplored all Palestinian efforts to end-run negotiations in search of a UN-imposed agreement on Israel.
It’s not an admiration. It is simply a kind of journalist fascination. It stands out, it’s different from more traditional Orthodoxy.
For Am Yisrael, the sun’s movements are subservient to the purpose of our existence.
Israelis now know Arab terrorism isn’t caused by Israeli occupation but by ending Israeli occupation
Anti-Semitism is a social toxin that destroys the things that people most cherish and enjoy.
Amb. Cooper highlighted the impact of the Chanukah/Maccabee spirit on America’s Founding Fathers
Zealousness has its place and time in Judaism; Thank G-d for heroic actions of the Maccabees!
It seems to us that while the Jewish entitlement to the land of Israel transcends the Holocaust, the Jewish experience during that tragic time is the most solid of foundations for these “national rights.”
Last year the Obama administration sought to minimize civilian deaths from drone strikes by generally requiring that missile attacks be limited to instances where Americans were directly threatened and there was a “near certainty” that no civilians would be killed.
If anything, Operation Protective Edge showed that Israel will not pull punches when it comes to combating terror.
Toward the end of Operation Protective Edge this past summer, the president was unusually vocal about Israel’s so-called disproportionate use of force and alleged lack of compliance with international humanitarian law.
There was no accompanying caption, but the cartoon could not help but feed the anti-Semitic canard that Israel was responsible for 9/11.
An accomplished Torah scholar and ardent adherent of Bobov chassidus, he was renowned for his self-effacing dedication and skills as an international lawyer and law professor
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