There are times that never return and forks on the road that do not
repeat. Despite the optimism of "second chances" philosophers, some
windows of opportunity present themselves only once and then vanish
forever. Such a time is now for the world, and especially for the
nations that cherish human freedom and the economic, emotional and
spiritual development of humankind.
The United States has finally recognized what for Israel had been common
knowledge and tragic personal experience: that some people are bent on
destroying the highest ideals associated with the tradition of the Bible
and replace it with blood and violence in the name of the prophet
Muhammad. These enemies are implacable and harbor no pity for the child,
the handicapped or the elderly. They kill women with child and children
as well; they are eager to inflict pain and celebrate their murders as
others would celebrate a graduation or a birth.
Against this coalition of Murder, Inc. now there has arisen a group of
nations and individuals that are beginning to understand the heavy price
of silence. They are committed not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
As the statement makes it clear, " for evil to be possible it is
sufficient that good people do nothing." When Hitler rattled his sabers
in the ‘30s, the rest of Europe was silent. As he was assembling the
largest concentration of war materiel and resources, the world shrugged
its shoulders and hoped for the best. A few years later more than 20
million people had died, the world had been ransacked by the violence
and millions of people had been dislocated. Moreover, millions more were
scarred with deep wounds that have been passed to their children and
have caused more harm than chemical pollutants or radioactive material.
Yet, the same people that allowed the rise of Nazi Germany and are
implicated in its atrocious outcome are now asking the world to commit
the same error, just 50 years later: to let evil be.
Iraq is not an isolated phenomenon or aberration. Many Arab nations
share in a quest for domination and power that some thought had passed
forever. Iran, Syria, even Saudi Arabia have joined the dream, albeit in
different manners and styles. But whether through material or human
support, Arab leaders today have all the old dream of Islam. The
resurgence of Moslems in the Adriatic, the virulence and obstinacy of
the Chechens in Russia or the Moslem militants in the Pacific all are
proofs of this new phenomenon that can no longer be ignored. History has
something to teach us in this regard. Islam did not propagate throughout
the world by the book or the sermon. Unlike the "good deeds" campaigns
of many early Christian missionaries, the Islamic preachers came much
after the soldiers and the generals had subjugated the local populations
and forced conversion to Islam on the hapless survivors. This tradition
of "jihad" has now reared its ugly head. Whether this has occurred for
economic reasons or due to a cynical and envious view of the non-Islamic
world is irrelevant; what matters is that it exists and that it is being
supported, with very few exceptions-quiet and meek--by all levels of
Islamic society in different parts of the world.
When it was only Israel that suffered the world shrugged. Now that
America suffered a direct blow, the world shrugged but America. And so
it will be until all nations are hit and by then it may be too late.
France and Germany and other nations in Europe think that they can but
their peace, that as long as the Moslems are busy with America and
Israel they will leave them alone. The pretense of peacemaking and the
concerns over the loss of life in a war are just the diaphanous disguise
of a cynical and craven view of the Islamic challenge. The United States
in its clearest and most courageous decision making since World War II
has taken the lead in a war against the forces that aim at world
domination. The buzzword today is fight against terror, but in reality
it is a war against those who use terror to advance their aims. When we
say, for instance, that we fight the Mafia, we do not say that we are
waging a war against murder. The enemy is not the tactic but the
organization that uses it. Similarly, in our case, the war is not
against terrorism, but against those who are using it to advance their
It would be a terrible mistake to miss this opportunity. Regardless of
European opposition or other ideologies, the United States needs no
permission to defend itself. Its leadership today will serve it well and
may, as it was the case during World War II, earn it the glory of the
liberator. The derisive use of the term "Pax Americana" to compare the
U.S. to the imperialist ambitions of the old Roman Empire is odious and
false. Genuine students of history may recall the famous saying by the
historian Tacitus, "Desertum faciunt et appelant pacem" (They—the
Romans—make it a desert and call it "peace"). The United States, on the
contrary, has never left a desert and actually rebuilt the societies it
vanquished. Witness the case of Japan and Germany after the war and the
generous military help to France as proofs of America’s benevolence.
This is the opportunity for America to shine. Let us bless this country
in its endeavor. But we need not forget that the forces of evil are not
going to go away after this Gulf war. We need to be constant and apply
force and consistent energy against those engaged in this world campaign
for domination. Supporting an Arab state in parts of Israel would be
similar to giving Saddam half of Iraq. Let us remember that in fact,
that was precisely the mistake of the first Bush administration.
Thinking that containment would work, Saddam Hussein was left in control
of an enfeebled Iraq. The consequences of that disastrous calculation
are being paid today. Repeating the same mistake would be a tragedy not
only for Israel but also for the whole world.
Israel too has an opportunity it should not miss. After weeks of quiet
when it was thought that the Arabs had started to relent, the terror
resumed in Israel with a vengeance. Several attacks in the last few days
have demonstrated beyond a doubt that the Arabs have not given up.
Israel needs to address this challenge forcefully once and for all. All
leaders that have spoken of war need to be exiled and the Arab society
should be given the choice of reforming itself into a peace loving
society or else their lives should be made miserable to encourage their
natural emigration and disappearance. Whatever their choice they have no
third alternative, namely to make the life of the Jews miserable.
Israel and America have a unique opportunity at this juncture that may
not return. Let not a missed opportunity at this time join the sad bin
of historical paths that were not taken.