And State should be leading the charge to dismantle the Palestinian terrorist infrastructure.
If the convoy bombing were the first attempt to target U.S. officials, State’s caution might make sense. But it’s not.
On April 29, two young Arab men intent on killing innocent civilians headed to Mike’s Place, a bar located on the Mediterranean waterfront in Tel Aviv—and more significantly, right next to the U.S. Embassy. It is also the known hangout for U.S. employees, including many who work for the State Department. So when one of the two young men successfully detonated himself—barely twenty yards from the embassy guard—it was an attack against the United States.
The bombing at Mike’s Place, which claimed the lives of three innocents, was not the first attempt to strike a target within a stone’s throw of the embassy. Several months earlier, a would-be suicide bomber was thwarted as he tried to commit mass murder at a café next to the embassy—just on the other side from Mike’s Place.
In all, more than fifty Americans have been killed in the region since the start of the intifada. Yet U.S. taxpayer money keeps flowing into the West Bank and Gaza—literally going into blood-covered hands.
Of course the President deserves criticism for continuing to deal with Arafat, but the real mystery is why has State not seen the light? It’s not that State’s diplomats don’t care about the murder of three colleagues—they do—but their obsession with stability prevents them from facing the painfully obvious reality. And not even multiple attempts to kill U.S. officials will deter State from seeking “stability.”
But as anyone who has lived under the thumb of a tyrant can attest, “stability” simply means more of the same. And with Palestinian terrorists repeatedly targeting Americans, “stability” is simply not acceptable.
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.
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