pleasure of indulging in barbarism. That
force obedience. That's why no matter
may be strange to the Western mentality,
war against civilization itself," writes
what our policy in the Middle East, even
but that's the way it is."
British author Paul Johnson. "And one, in
if we didn't support Israel, there would be
And it is, in fact, the Western mental-
many respects, more serious than the risk
no change. America would still be the
ity that is what the Arabs really want to
of nuclear war, the population explosion,
primary victim of terrorism."
global pollution or the exhaustion of the
According to Netanyahu, there are two
"Their object is not so much American
broad categories of countries that make
policy as us, our culture, our way of life,"
Terrorism," says Cohen, "is a staged
terrorism possible. There are, on one side,
says the State Department's Cohen. "We
atrocity aimed indiscriminately at helpless
the radical Arab and Islamic states —
are a tremendous threat to them. They
civilians or non-combatants."
Libya, Iraq, Syria, South Yemen, Iran —
want to move their societies back 200
You and me.
and, on the other side, there is the Soviet
years so they can re-create a golden age of
It is also "a product of our times," he
Union, its Eastern European satellites and
Islamic fundamentalism. We're an impedi- •
notes. For one thing, it's a product of our
ment to that because American culture is
more sophisticated technology. "Terror-
"Whatever terrorist group is out there,"
everywhere — McDonald's, our rock music,
ism used to be confined by time and place,
says Netanyahu, "it is working at the
it hampers their attempt to enforce obe-
thus having little political effect. It was hit
behest of one of those governments, which
dience. That's why no matter what our pol-
and run, firing a shot at the king. But now
we have plastic explosives and mini-letter
And whatever the group from whatever
bombs and guided heat-seeking missiles
"There is no single
the government, what they all want is to
that provide many more targets at much
intimidate a country„and in the process to
thing that will solve
farther range involving many more peo-
• alter its policy.
the problem. It's not
"Leon Klinghoffer was one innocent per-
Much more importantly, Cohen says,
son who was killed but the impact was
a problem with a
terrorism is a product of a time when war
much broader," says Cohen. "How many
is either too expensive or potentially too
people will now travel freely in the Middle
solution. It won't go
dangerous. "It's war on the cheap. It's a
East, how many will go on an, Italian
way for sponsor nations to project their
away even if we do
cruise ship? The real object was not
power beyond their borders without risk-
Klinghoffer, it could have been anyone.
the right things."
ing a major conventional war or a nuclear
What the terrorists wanted was to rape
the mind of the public, intimidate,
Terrorism comes not from gun-toting
frighten, coerce, say that if the U.S. would
icy in the Middle East, even if we didn't
thugs but from gun and refuge-providing
only change its policy in the Middle East,
support Israel, there would be no change.
nations, Cohen adds.
America would still be the primary victim
"Their object is not so much American
More specifically, says Norman Pod-
policy as it is us, our culture, our way of
And that explains, says Israel's
horetz, the editor of
life," says the State Department's Cohen.
magazine, the Soviets sponsor terrorism
Netanyahu, why Israel is the secondary
"We are a tremendous threat to them.
because they "are dedicated to using what-
victim. "They hate Israel because we're
They want to move their societies back
ever weapons are available to disrupt
part of the West they hate so much. The
200 years so they can re-create a golden
international order and expand their con-
resurgent Arab nationalism means fight-
age of Islamic fundamentalism. We're an
ing the infidels of the West. Israel is op-
impediment to that because American
The radical Arabs, says Netanyahu,
posed because we represent the West.
culture is everywhere — McDonald's, our
sponsor terrorism "because of the simple
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rock music, it hampers their attempt to en-
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