Israel once again is virtually alone in dealing with the threats it faces. Uzi Landau says, "Israel isn't the problem. The Western world is the problem (for Islamists). The radicals are focusing not just on Israel, but the world."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and President Obama were caught with their microphones still on after a news conference at the G-20 meeting in Cannes, France. According to the website Arret Sur Images, Sarkozy said about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "I can't look at him anymore, he's a liar," to which Obama reportedly replied, "You're fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day." That's not exactly a confidence builder for Israel and the West that these two leaders understand where the real threat is coming from.
Daniel Pipes understands. In National Review Online, Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, writes, "Islamism is the third totalitarian ideology following fascism and communism."
The question now is will the rest of the world develop a strategy for destroying (not containing, because it will not be contained) Islamism as it did fascism and communism? The IAEA report requires even more urgency in pursuit of this objective, but remarks in Cannes by Sarkozy and Obama are not a reason for optimism that they understand what will be necessary to confront and defeat this third totalitarian ideology.
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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