Monday, October 06, 2003

Special Report from Gary Bauer: Carnage Again

To: Friends and Supporters of the Campaign for Working Families

From: Gary L. Bauer, Chairman

Date: Monday, October 6, 2003

It was a sunny Saturday afternoon in the Israeli port city of Haifa on the Jewish Sabbath before Yom Kippur when evil struck again. In a split second, a crazed female jihadist exploded her deadly cargo and 20 people died instantly, while dozens more were gravely wounded. The site of the blast was a popular restaurant, Maxim's, jointly owned by Israeli Arab Christians and Jews. Three generations of one family were destroyed as they sat at their table breaking bread. At least five Israeli children were among the dead.

Later that day, I received a phone call at home from a prominent American- born Israeli, who was beside himself with grief and anger. He was angry at the jihadists who continue to break all the rules of civilization in their obsession to kill Jews. And he was angry at the U.S. government that continues to browbeat Israel into restraining itself. "Israelis love America," he said. "We don't want to irritate or anger the White House. But what are we supposed to do?"

Coincidentally, on Saturday morning the Washington Post featured Colin Powell on the front page making it clear in an interview that the U.S. was looking for ways to punish Israel because plans for the security fence were going forward. This follows our warnings to Israel last week to not touch a hair on the head of chief terrorist Yasser Arafat. This morning several papers are reporting that the President called Prime Minister Sharon to express condolences, but also urged him not to further heighten tensions. I pray those reports are inaccurate. Instead of telling our friend and ally to hold back while fresh graves are being dug for their children, we should be telling them that we now realize the folly of asking them to do what we would never do - bargain with terrorists in the vain hope it will bring peace.

Late last night, the media had managed to track down the family of the homicidal bomber. What that family said should be a slap in the face of reality to every State Department bureaucrat. There was no grief expressed - only joy. "This is a day as happy as her day of marriage would have been," said one man. Get it? Killing Jews was the greatest accomplishment of her life. It was a joyous occasion to be compared to marriage! It was the fulfillment of her jihad Islamic responsibilities.

Does anyone in the U.S. government know whether this incredibly warped evil mindset is embraced by a thousand, ten thousand, or a million Palestinians? Polling shows it is a worldview broadly embraced in the West Bank. So where are "road maps" to peace supposed to end anywhere else but in hell if these are the inhabitants of the Palestinian state that is supposed to live side-by-side in peace with Israel?

Syria ran to the United Nations yesterday to get a resolution to condemn the Israeli response, a 3:00 AM attack on an empty terrorist camp in Syria that resulted in two people being wounded. In a functioning U.N., Syria - with blood dripping from its hands - would have been run out of the chamber by the civilized world. The U.S. threatened to veto any resolution that condemned Israel unless it also condemned homicide bombers. Every member of the Security Council passionately condemned the air strike - the same countries that shrugged 24 hours before when the bodies of broken families were being removed from the restaurant.

There will be no peace for Israel or for America or for any of the civilized world until this jihadism is defeated. It can't be bribed, reasoned with or controlled by diplomatic maneuverings. It must be rooted out and destroyed, just as Nazism was after a long struggle at great cost. Our enemies are betting that neither America nor Israel will have the staying power to do what has to be done. G-d help us if they are right.

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