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By 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
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

This one sentence exposes the central flaw in
Western thinking that our enemies skillfully exploit. It isn't
"regardless" of religion. It is because of religion that the battle
continues with only occasional letup to allow the killers to
rearm. Three weeks at summer camp will not deter a people
whose faith is in a god many of their religious leaders believe
wants a shotgun marriage between mosque and state. Many
of them are taught that the heavenly kingdom and the earthly
one are linked and that it is their job to eliminate "infidels"
who don't see as they do. No one who understands the
substance behind this battle and the unchanging objectives of
those who fight it could possibly believe that such a religious
vision will be modified by "infidel" diplomats.

While American leaders mouth platitudes,
Palestinian TV broadcast a music video (two days prior to the
latest homicide bombings) that reinforced the doctrine that
heavenly rewards await all who die for Allah. The video
begins with scenes depicting a romance cut short when
Israeli soldiers shoot the woman in the back. She immediately
goes to heaven, where she joins other young women dressed
in identical long white gowns --- the "Maidens of Paradise."

The maidens are dancing in water, a clear depiction
of the afterlife in Islamic tradition. Later in the video, the man
attempts to visit the woman's grave and soldiers also shoot
him in the back. He is transported to heaven where he is
reunited with the woman.

See it for yourself at

Who among the believers would trade this
promise for three weeks of summer camp and a speech by
Colin Powell? That's why the war continues, not because of
land, but because of the promise of paradise. What political
doctrine can compete with that?
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