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Realignment in the War on Terror

Bush's rebuke of Israel hints at ulterior motives.


by Jonathan Wilson
March 14, 2002

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Realignment in the War on Terror_Jonathan Wilson-Bush's rebuke of Israel hints at ulterior motives. Rightly or wrongly, the Bush Administration has criticized Israel's recent military tactics in the West Bank. In response to Middle East Envoy Zinni's arrival, Israel began to withdraw tanks from Ramallah.

Few people in the United States can either know or appreciate the reality on the ground in the Palestinian territories. It is possible that Israel should ratchet-down its military response for the sake of the negotiation process. It is also possible that Israel is doing what it needs to do to preserve its security. I am no longer confident in my ability, as I was when I was 16 years old, to determine the moral superiority of one alternative over the other.

My partial observation, however, is this: That Bush exerted pressure in order to prop up a coalition of NATO and middle-east nations for the ongoing campaign against Al Qaeda and possible action against Iraq, however that might appear.

This is a thoroughly fruitless strategy. No one in NATO or in the Middle East is interested in toppling Saddam Hussein's regime. The whole reason Hussein is in power is that the international community, with the clearest moral imperative in the history of both the U.N. and NATO organizations, decided not to remove him in 1991. For the sake of coalition-building in the New World Order, Bush the elder complied with the wishes of the international community. Bush the elder cannot be blamed. The result was that Hussein emerged from his bomb-shelter, made war against his own people, and solidified his position. Now he is buffered from the ravaging effects of sanctions, and the ONLY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO CARE live in the United States.

Except, possibly, Israel might like to see Hussein taken down. Because Hussein was particularly nasty. He bombed Israel with SCUD missiles.

NATO cannot be relied on to support America's war on terror over the long term. They will consider the war over with Afghanistan. The Middle East nations are reeds shaken in the wind; if we lean on them we will stab our own hands.

There are, however, significant regional powers that share America's interest in exposing and destroying the Jihad world-wide. These regional powers are:
Israel, India, and Russia.

What particularly commends these nations as useful American allies is that they are democracies, and they are in the grips of struggles even more desperate that America's.

Ditch Europe. Deal with Asian powers regarding Asian problems.

A further tweaking of our policy is in order: The Federal Government is prohibited (as is any state or local government) from providing any financial resources to any sectarian religious school in the United States. However, the USA provides billions of dollars to Islamic nations through the Middle East, and these nations pay lip-service of friendship to America, at the same time providing funding to street-side mosque-schools that breed the Jihad through fundamentalist mullahs and recruit the warriors from the masses of disaffected young men. Maybe it is time for the federal government to adopt an aid scheme with foreign schemes similar to what it does with the 50 states: Meet criteria, get money. Don't, don't.

If Saudi Arabia finds it too politically difficult to close the jihad schools, at least stop funding them through government largesse. Otherwise, no bucks from Uncle Sam.

See whether these governments really want to play ball with the USA. I mean, is this really such an absurd condition? Do we really need to give money to the governments who funded the education of those who murdered our citizens?

By the way, no one in our national press wants to talk about whether Bosnian Muslims are found in the Taliban. One wonders whether more war criminals from the region should be on trial in the Hague, not just the Serbian Milosevich.

When we consider who it is that is fighting the Jihad (or Intifada) rather than who it was that we partnered with against Communism, we just might find nations and peoples eager to embrace our cause, even from places as unlikely as Croatia. It seems to me to be common sense that a new struggle is calling for new allies, new policies, and new assumptions in diplomacy.

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