Cal  Thomas

Why let a little thing like an unprovoked attack by Hezbollah terrorists who fired shells into northern Israel from southern Lebanon in violation of a previous "peace agreement" (a 16-year-old Israeli boy was killed and five others wounded, including an infant) stall the road map to perdition, uh, peace?

The scenario is more predictable than a summer television rerun. Terrorists launch attacks against Israelis and are condemned, sometimes by their own leaders (wink, wink). Israel responds with an attack in an effort to root out the terrorists and stop further violence. The United States and others condemn the Israeli counterattack with far more vehemence than accorded the terrorists' attacks. American officials pressure Israel not to respond "disproportionately" (whatever that means) and pledge renewed efforts to make peace in the region. This means Israel must "do more" to satisfy the insatiable appetite of her enemies, who see the land already given up as merely an appetizer and the rest of Israel as the main course.

Two days after the incident in northern Israel and on the same day as two new homicide bombings struck at a shopping plaza in Rosh Haayin, near Tel Aviv, and at a bus stop in the West Bank, killing two Israelis, Secretary of State Colin Powell said, "we will not be stopped by bombs." Why let a little thing like war get in the way of peace? While the United States would not negotiate with those responsible for terror attacks on our soil, it has no problem forcing Israel into new and dangerous concessions with those who attack its soil.

Hezbollah's Al Manar TV reported that the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade claimed responsibility for the Rosh Haayin bombing, even naming the bomber, Khamis Ghazi Jarwan. The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is under the direct authority of Yasser Arafat, whose "prime minister" (Mahmoud Abbas) has been adopted by the Bush administration as the savior of the "peace process."

In his address to a group of Arab and Israeli students gathered in Maine at a "Seeds of Peace" camp, Colin Powell lapsed into a familiar view of humankind: "It is important that you get to know more about each other ... (to) get a better understanding of the concerns, the anxieties, the anguish, the fears, the hopes, the dreams that other young people such as you have regardless of what language you speak or what country you come from or (what) religion you hold."

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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