Along the Tracks

Thursday, August 01, 2002

You kill Americans, we kill you

That, in a nutshell, is philosophy behind the war on terrorism, right? Al Qaeda killed Americans time and time again, until we reached a turning point with the destruction of September 11th, and President Bush forcefully declared the war.

So, now that Hamas has killed three Americans, I certainly hope a few points have become obvious. First, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a front in our war, and Americans are being killed there, along with the citizens of a devoted ally. Second, Hamas and its leaders should not be “partners” in negotiations any more than Osama bin Laden should be. Third, the Bush Doctrine - those who harbor terrorists are just as guilty as the terrorists themselves - clearly applies to Yasser Arafat’s Palestinian Authority.

Bush’s call for regime change in Palestine was both morally correct and doctrinally consistent. The only question - like that of Iraq - is how to get it done. As the ally fighting directly on that front, Israel should be given maximum latitude on how to respond, and I would even go so far as to say America should consider sending in at least a token special forces team to assist the IDF in its efforts. The sooner the Palestinian people are liberated from their oppressors - the Palestinian Authority - the sooner peace can come.

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