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Submitted by Leonard Markowitz (United States), Apr 5, 2006 at 07:41

Daniel:

Generally, I agree with and applaud both your opinions and efforts with respect to the resolution of the conflict in the Near East, in general and in Israel, specifically. However, I cannot agree with you, this time concerning your recent comments about an Israeli victory.

From an Israeli perspective, they are quite right in their opinion that you shouldn't preach to them about what they should or shouln't do unless you experience the pressures of actually living in Israel.

The Intifadeh is no longer an Israeli-Paelstinian conflict, but has evolved as part of WWIV involving the West against the entire Muslim world. The rules of engagement have changed. Of course both the US and Israel are omnipotent on the battlefield, but that type of battlefield is passe. Until the "brass" at the Pentagon realize that they are no longer confronting the Wehrmacht or the Red Army on an open battlefield, the sooner will we be able to stem the winds of Muslim fanaticism.

Both the West and Israel are dealing with medieval adversaries. They have been jettisoned into the 21st century with modern armaments and inflamed by their clerics to hate the West and everything it stands for. They are winning the propaganda war via Al-Jazeera and the Internet. They have knowingly infiltrated the populations of the western world. In short, the rules of engagement have changed. Unless the mindset at the Pentagon and the defense department changes to accommodate these threats, we will be in deep trouble.

Leonard Markowitz
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