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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Posted by Jake
Bush Goes Soft on Terror

Sad news from Gaza City, where Hamas honcho Abdel Aziz Rantisi is still alive and two bystanders are dead in a failed Israeli helicopter strike. The White House, bizarrely, is criticizing Israel. "The president is concerned that the strike will undermine efforts by Palestinian authorities and others to bring an end to terrorist attacks and does not contribute to the security of Israel," says spokesman Ari Fleischer. "The president is deeply troubled by the strike."

Israel should ignore what Bush says and do what he does. The U.S. has "assassinated" numerous terrorist leaders since Sept. 11, and Israel has as much right to defend itself as America does. One further bit of advice for the Israelis: Next time, make sure you actually kill the guy.


You know, under normal circumstances I would be under complete agreement. Criticism of Israel for taking security into their own hands is a dangerous equivocation with terrorists. But under these select circumstances where we are trying to get this road map off the ground, shooting rockets into Gaza was probably not the best idea.

On the whole, however, I have been very pleased with Sharon. He is actually doing what he said he would by bulldozing settlements (in contrast to Abbas). He is actually standing up to hard-liners in his party who would very much like to see all attempts at peace fail. Still, he could have waited to conduct counterstrikes.


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