Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.
In March 2004 Al Qaeda won its first parliamentary election in Europe. It installed the trailing candidate José Luis Zapatero as prime minister of Spain. It clinched this victory just three days before the election by exploding 10 bombs causing the death of 191 people and the wounding of 1,700 others.
The grateful prime minister quickly repaid his election backers by withdrawing his country’s 1,300 troops from Iraq.
On November 7, 2006, Al Qaeda looks set to win its first U.S. Congressional election. This time Al Qaeda’s campaign strategy has shown itself somewhat earlier: a steady but deliberate boost in the body count of American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan as the election approaches. It is daunting to think what peak this may reach by the eve of the election.
In the past, the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist agencies have been content to simply scare off foreign troops with dastardly acts of wholesale terror. Like the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut in October 1983, which left 240 American servicemen dead and 40 others wounded. Despite then-vice president George Bush’s statement that America “would not be cowed by terrorists,” all U.S. troops were pulled out within 6 months.
This time Al Qaeda is gunning for Congress. But why bother flying a plane into the Capitol building if you can defeat President Bush through the ballot box? Why hijack an aircraft in the sky when you can hijack votes on the ground? Even now, the very fear of a GOP defeat is forcing the Bush administration into seeking some kind of exit strategy in Iraq.
Virtually everyone agrees that the Iraq policy has failed. My personal view is that it was right for the U.S. to remove Saddam, a tyrant to his own people and a clear threat to world peace. Being firmly of the view that “Arabs don’t do democracy,” I was pleasantly surprised that the coalition managed to organize a free election. But I can’t see this freedom lasting, especially if the coalition withdraws.
The fact that the Iraq policy is stalled does not necessarily mean that the only sensible option is to withdraw. However much enmity there may be for America in the region, such a retreat would betray all those who seek freedom from tyranny. They will never again trust the West.
In particular, such an open abandonment of desperate people on the very cusp of freedom would totally undermine the chances of any popular uprising against the mullahs in Tehran. That remains the best and most risk-free way of restoring freedom to the people of Iran and neutralizing its nuclear threat.
But when the time comes for Iranian students to stand before the tank-treads, they need to be certain that the free world will not abandon them in their hour of need. Nothing will deflate them more than America turning its back on Iraq. And nothing will empower them more than an American president who sticks to his promises and thumbs his nose at the pollsters.
If America beats a hasty retreat, it is almost certain that radical fundamentalists will emerge from the ensuing civil war in control of Iraq and its oil wealth. With support from Iran in the East, this new Axis member will quickly overrun its Western neighbor Jordan and finish Abdullah and his Hashemite Kingdom. Then the Islamists will at last have Israel completely encircled in an arc of terror stretching from Lebanon, to Syria, to the new Islamic Republic of Jordan and of course Palestinian Gaza.
Yes, the Iraq policy has stalled. And yes, something dramatic needs to be done. But failure cannot be an option.
The answer is not to bring troops home, but to send out an equal number of fresh troops to double the forces of freedom in the frontline of the war on terror. And then to win that war. That was, of course, the original objective.
Writing these lines from London, linked by tunnel and treaty to a continent of appeasement, I find it astonishing that Americans – particularly Jewish Americans – would allow Al Qaeda a congressional victory by empowering a Zapatero platform of retreat and withdrawal in voting Democrat in the coming election.
About the Author: Zalmi Unsdorfer is chairman of Likud-Herut in the UK
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I think Seth Lipsky is amazing, but it just drives home the point that newspapers have a lot of moving parts.
While conceding that not all criticism of Israel stemmed from anti-Semitism, Podhoretz contended that those most likely to subject Israel to relentless and one-sided hectoring could be found with increasing frequency in one particular grouping – that of the political left, with the level of animosity rising exponentially the farther left one moved along the spectrum.
Myth #1: It is easy to be a B’nai Noach. It is extraordinarily hard to be a B’nai Noach.
The question of anti-Semitism in Europe today is truly tied to the issue of immigration.
Polls indicate that the Palestinians are much more against a two state solution than the Israelis.
Turkey and Iran the 2 regional powers surrounding the ISIS conflict gain from a partial ISIS victory
Emigration from Israel is at an all-time low, far lower than immigration to Israel from Europe.
Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters: “‘Klinghoffer’ is justified as ‘a work of art’…This is an outrage.”
Do you seriously think that as you kidnap our children we should medically treat and help yours?
Sometimes collective action against the heinous acts of the majority is not enough. The world should not only support the blockade of Gaza; it must enforce the dismantling of Hamas.
The Arab Spring has challenged Jordan with the task of gradual reform with regard to its monarchy.
Israel offered Syria the entire Golan Heights, only to find that the Syrians were demanding MORE!
Israeli hasbara too can be described at best as pathetic, at worst non existent.
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It is hard to imagine a scene as joyous and religiously charged as Machpela on the Friday night of Parshat Chayei Sarah. Every year, many thousands of Jews from all over Israel, and hundreds more from Europe and America, flock to the tomb of our patriarchs, which Abraham purchased for Sarah’s burial nearly 4,000 years ago.
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Did you hear the one about Nelson Mandela, the pope, Mother Teresa and the Jew? Turns out they are the only non-Americans ever to have received both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congres-sional Medal of Honor. The Jew? None other than our own icon of freedom, Natan Sharansky, the former refusenik and prisoner of conscience who earlier this month received his Medal of Freedom at the White House.
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