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August 11, 1989 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-08-11

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ANALYSIS

now on sale



Our storewide summer sale
is the same as our winter
sale, only warmer. Same
well designed, functional
furniture built to last. Same
serious discounts off our
regularly fair prices. Biggest
savings are on overstocks,
discontinueds, and barely
bruised. Get them while it's
hot. Or you'll have to wait
until it's cold again.

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SALE $49,
and $69. Reg. $55 and $79. Our

beech dining chair and bar-
stool with beige fabric or rush seat.

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SALE $349,

Reg. $475. Our teak or
oak dining table extends
to seat 10. Teak Windsor
chairs $129, Reg. $195.

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SALE $549, Reg. $690 Our modular
oak or teak desk with storage as shown

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SALE $299, Reg. $375. Computer

SALE $349, Reg. $450. Leather

center in white, oak or teak.

chair in black with teak frame.

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Enemy Rules?

Continued from Page 1

Americans (arts which the
Israelis say he has admitted).
He was abducted — as were
the Western and Israeli
hostages now held in
Lebanon — as a bargaining
chip, a negotiable commodity,
pure and simple. Israel can,
as it has demonstratively
shown, play the game. The
question is, can it win?
The answer to that question
is far less clear, for in the final
analysis, victory is likely to
belong to the side which
places the lowest value on
human life. In that sense,
Israel is out of its depth.
Indeed, in moral terms — in
terms of their respective
world views and mind-sets —
Israel and the Hezbollah fun-
damentalists inhabit com-
pletely different planets.
Israel, for all the self-
righteous criticism from
abroad, is a liberal, Western
democracy that judges itself
-- and is judged by others —
according to Western stan-
dards and norms of behavior.
Despite its sometimes unor-
thodox approach, it is beset by
considerations and con-
straints that do not impinge
on the consciousness or cons-
cience of its enemies.
Israel can kidnap and hold
hostages, but can it stay the
course if Hezbollah raises the
stakes? Hezbollah can, and
does, kill hostages in cold
blood; it can, and does, send
suicide car-bombers to kill
hundreds of American peace-
keeping Marines who, in the
distorted view of the fun-
damentalist leaders, are
perceived as hostile, evil,
corrupting.
There is no doubt that Hez-
bollah has scant regard for
human life, either that of its
perceived enemies or that of
its followers: indeed, a life lost
in the cause of jihad — holy
war — is a soul saved for
Allah.
The two most effective
weapons against terrorism of
this sort are the polar op-
posites of indifference or
savagery. If Hezbollah
threatens to murder hostages,
Israel would be best served by
simply shrugging and declar-
ing, "Go ahead, let them be
martyrs," or by pushing
revenge to the outer limits of
barbarity by, say, erasing en-
tire Shi'ite villages in
retaliation.
According to the rules of the
region, these are legitimate
forms of response.
Iran did not hesitate to send
thousands of children runn-
ing across minefields to
detonate hidden explosives so
that the Revolutionary
Guards could cross in relative
safety in order to engage the
Iraqis during the Gulf War.

By the same token, Iraq felt
no inhibitions about
depositing chemically tipped
warheads on remote Kurdish
villages to deter the Kurds
from aiding the Iranians dur-
ing the closing stages of the
war.
Israel cannot, and will not,
resort to such tactics, and
Hezbollah knows it. Obeid,
apparently unaware of the in-
ternational repercussions of
his kidnapping, may be
somewhat discomfited to find
himself facing three Israeli
interrogators in a shuttered
villa overlooking the Mediter-
ranean Sea north of Tel Aviv.
His main concerns
reportedly are his religious
needs (they have been met)
and the prospect that Israel
may extradite him to the
United States. His life is no

If Hezbollah
threatens to
murder hostages,
Israel would be
best served by
declaring, 'Go
ahead:

more at risk than if he were
back in his own bed in Jichit.
These are quite different
concerns from those of his
counterparts in the slums of
south Beirut — bound, blind-
folded and chained to
radiators in darkened rooms
for months on end.
For the prisoners of Hez-
bollah, the simple, overriding
concern is the ever-present
threat of a sudden, violent
death at the hands of their ir-
rational captors.
Why, then, did Israel abduct
the "struggling cleric?" as
Iranian communiques have
depicted the Hezbollah sheik.
Israel's Defense Minister Yit-
zhak Rabin has declared that
"all possible reactions to the
kidnapping" were taken into
account, including the killing
of the Western hostages "and
worse."
Israel's leaders must have
calculated, apparently cor-
rectly, that a post-Khomeini
Iran would need economic aid
and would seek a new role in
the world — conditions that
are sufficient to persuade the
new rulers of Tehran to
strong-arm Hezbollah into
dealing with the hostage

issue.

They must also have assum-
ed, again correctly, that Iran,
at the urging of both the
United States and the Soviet
Union, would have the power
to compel Hezbollah to bend
the knee.
The Israeli action, coupled
with Iranian pressure, might

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