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Washington, D. C.
peace with Israel in exchange for a
enial can be hilarious
West Bank and Gam Strip state in
— for example, for-
2000. He then launched the cur-
mer minister of
rent Palestinian-Israeli warfare in
which more than 2,700 people
Mohammed Saed Sal-1114's decla-
— AraK Israelis and a number
rations of American defeat while
of Americans — have died. Try
Iraq's government and military
Abbas but not Arafat?
collapsed about him.
• The Bush administration con-
But Sahhaf was not the only
the Palestinian leader must
one suffering Middle East delu-
describes his long-time
sions. For example:
Comm entary associate and appointed prime
• From National Security
minister, Mahmoud Abbas, as
Adviser Condoleezza Rice at the
someone we can work with. This
American Israel Public Affairs Committee's
Abbas claims an Arab "right of return" to
annual conference last month to Sen.
pre-1967 Israel, supports using "all possible
Joseph Lieberman on "Face the Nation"
means" to "resist" Israelis in the disputed ter-
April 20 comes talk of democratic plural-
ritories, reportedly offered the terrorist
ism in post-Saddam Iraq and then else-
group Hamas two cabinet positions and
where in the region.
wrote a book denying the Holocaust.
Ignored is that free societies took cen-
America does not seek new Iraqi lead-
turies to grow in England and America.
ership among Saddam Hussein's side-
Arab-Islamic culture has had no Martin
kicks. It puts them on a most-wanted list
Luther, no Reformation or Counter-
with their erstwhile boss. Why deny the
Reformation, no separation of mosque
absence of reformers among Arafat's
and state, no elevation of individual rights entourage? None of its members is an
over clan and tribal ties. Reference to
Arab Adenauer ready to advance
democratic post-war Germany and Japan
fails to acknowledge those nations' reduc-
• The United States assures Turkey that it
tion to rubble in World War II, uncondi-
will not permit Iraqi Kurds to establish an
tional surrenders and social reconstruc-
independent Kurdistan. The Kurds are a
tion under long Allied occupations.
non-Arab Islamic people descended from
• Much was made of the U.S. capture
the ancient Medes, approximately 25 mil-
in Baghdad of Mohammed Abbas, leader
lion strong living on contiguous — and oil-
of the Palestine Liberation Front and plan- rich — territory overlapping Iraq, Turkey,
ner of the 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship
Syria and Iran.
hijacking during which PLF terrorists
But Washington insists that Jerusalem
murdered an American. Yet while
acquiesce to a country for the three mil-
lion Palestinian Arabs crowding the West
Washington considered trying Abbas,
Bank and Gam Strip, plus millions of
Congressmen Nick Joe Rahall, D-W.
Maurice Hinchey, D-N.Y., and Darrell
Arab-induced, Arab-perpetuated refugees.
A second Palestinian Arab majority state
Issa, R-Calif, met with Yasser Arafat in
(after Jordan) is deemed necessary for a
people whose historical existence began in
Abbas is small potatoes compared to
Arafat. The latter heads not only the
the 1920s only as a backlash against
Zionism and whose irredentism is likely
Palestinian Authority but also the
Palestine Liberation Organization, parent
to destabilize both Jordan, ruled by a
minority Hashemite dynasty, and Israel
group of the PLF. Among other stops on
with its radicalized Arab minority.
his way to the Nobel Peace Prize, Arafat
led the PLO's 1970 Black September
A British official drew Iraq's artificial
borders in 1922 in denial of Shiite,
rebellion in Jordan that cost 4,000
Palestinian lives; ordered the murder of
Sunni, and Kurdish fault lines. Today, the
Quartet" of Russia, the United States,
U.S. Ambassador Cleo Noel in
Khartoum in 1973; had responsibility for European Union and United Nations
flogs a "non-negotiable road map" while
the slaughter of Israeli school children in
Maalot in 1974; helped fuel the Lebanese denying it would impose another trouble-
some artificial state.
civil war (more than 100,000 dead from
Within the borders of what was
1975 to 1990) and his PLO provided a
Mandatory Palestine lie Jordan (77.5 per-
role model for Al Qaida.
cent), Israel (17.5 percent) and the West
Arafat also rejected American-mediated
Bank and Gaza Strip (5 percent). A two-
Eric Rozenman is Washington director
state solution, one Arab, one Jewish, is
vital. But three states would resemble
of CAMERA, the Committee for
Yugoslavia after Tito.
Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in
From Iraq to the West. Bank, Al Qaida
America and author of the novel,
to the PLO, American Middle East poli-
"Total Jihad." His e-mail address is
cy ought to avoid denial, not rest on it.
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