Monday, July 24, 2006

"We are fighting to eliminate you."

Perhaps one of the best columnists/writers out there today is Mark Steyn, who's Sunday columns in the Chicago Sun-Times never fails to add clarity to events going on around us. This Sunday was no different as he provides some insights into the motivations and tactics employed by Hezbollah in the past, and where we are headed in the future. A must read.
In one of the most admirably straightforward of Islamist declarations, Hussein Massawi, the Hezbollah leader behind the slaughter of U.S. and French forces 20 years ago, put it this way:

"We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you."

I wish more Americans, indeed more global citizens, understood this.

In 1971, in the lobby of the Cairo Sheraton, Palestinian terrorists shot Wasfi al-Tal, the prime minister of Jordan at point-blank range. As he fell to the floor dying, one of his killers began drinking the blood gushing from his wounds. Doesn't that strike you as a little, um, overwrought? Three decades later, when bombs went off in Bali killing hundreds of tourists plus local waiters and barmen, Bruce Haigh, a former Aussie diplomat in Indonesia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, had no doubt where to put the blame. As he told Australia's Nine Network: "The root cause of this issue has been America's backing of Israel on Palestine."

Suppose this were true -- that terrorists blew up Oz honeymooners and Scandinavian stoners in Balinese nightclubs because of "the Palestinian question." Doesn't this suggest that these people are, at a certain level, nuts? After all, there are plenty of IRA sympathizers around the world (try making the Ulster Unionist case in a Boston bar) and yet they never thought to protest British rule in Northern Ireland by blowing up, say, German tourists in Thailand.

And this is a group that people are still telling us we need to sit down and "understand" and "reason with". Oh really? That time has long since passed.

Cairo and Co. grew so accustomed to whining about the Palestinian pseudo-crisis decade in decade out that it never occurred to them that they might face a real crisis one day: a Middle East dominated by an apocalyptic Iran and its local enforcers, in which Arab self-rule turns out to have been a mere interlude between the Ottoman sultans and the eternal eclipse of a Persian nuclear umbrella. The Zionists got out of Gaza and it's now Talibanistan redux. The Zionists got out of Lebanon and the most powerful force in the country (with an ever-growing demographic advantage) are Iran's Shia enforcers. There haven't been any Zionists anywhere near Damascus in 60 years and Syria is in effect Iran's first Sunni Arab prison bitch. For the other regimes in the region, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria are dead states that have risen as vampires.

It's been about Iran since I was in 5th grade in 1979, and probably about Iran before then. I've watched them since I was a child of 11 and have somehow always known it would come back to them. I don't foolishly think I was prescient or alone in this knowledge...just amazed that our leaders and the world's leaders have been unwilling to admit it or do anything about it for over 25 years.

Why do we insist upon dealing rationally with a group of people who do not honor rationality or reason?


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