“The Iranian leadership believes that such a split would prevent the G-8 from coordinating a joint position on the U.N. Security Council sanctions, may encourage Russia to veto any anti-Iranian resolutions in the Security Council, and will diminish pressure against Tehran in the Middle East and beyond. This is a model of the new, 21st century ‘war by proxy,’ the first war in which Iran instigated and directed a massive attack against Israel.”
The United States must continue to strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense. “It is vitally important that we stand with Israel, shoulder to shoulder, during this critical battle against radical Islamic terror,” writes Joel Rosenberg, best-selling author of The Last Jihad. The U.S., meanwhile, has an important role to play as well.
Specifically, James Phillips writes, “the United States must forcefully respond to Iran’s provocative and hostile foreign policy in supporting terrorism and seeking to acquire the most terrifying weapon, a nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, if Iran does acquire a nuclear capability, it will become even more aggressive in supporting terrorism in the Middle East and beyond.”
Phillips lists several ways that the United States can address this situation. Officials should:
? Call for the unconditional release of the Israeli hostages.
? Urge the disarmament of all Lebanese militias, including Hezbollah.
? Press for international sanctions against Iran and Syria, which continue to support terrorism against Israel, as well as against Iraqis and coalition forces supporting the democratic Iraqi government.
? Veto any U.N. Security Council resolution that blames Israel for the current round of violence.
The Heritage Foundation has a wealth of material to help make sense of both the violent history and the most recent attacks on Israel.
Another good source, Phillips says, is danielpipes.org. Pipes, the director of the Middle East Forum (a think tank that, among other things, is “working for Palestinian acceptance of Israel”), is an internationally recognized analyst and the author of numerous articles and books. He has also assembled a bibliography specifically tailored for those hoping to “better understand the current crisis of Islam.” In addition, Phillips recommends the work of Martin Kramer, a fellow with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Kramer’s Web site offers “alternative readings of Islam and the Arab world.”
Not unlike the families who frolicked along the Beirut beaches, too many decent, hardworking Americans are oblivious to the bloodied bodies and terror in Israel. We must understand that it’s only a matter of time until the acts are again directly focused on us.
It is critical that the United States does everything within its power and ethics to thwart the continual development and support of Iranian Hezbollah terrorists. Two decades later, the souls and families of those 241 U.S. servicemen and countless others still await justice. How many more victims will we tolerate?