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I Agree... but then what?....

Reader comment on item: "A Shot at Peace": Can the U.S. Enforce the "Road Map"

Submitted by Mark Goldman (United States), Jul 9, 2003 at 08:44

I agree with all that you say, and then some. It's interesting that the 'Roadmap' stresses cessation of violence by the Palestinian Arabs as having to be 'immediate' and 'unconditional', and yet this is not enforced. At the same time, conditions set by the Palestinian Arabs for their limited cease fire are imposed on Israel (e.g. the removal of outposts and release of terrorists from prisons) and accepted as if they were part of the 'Roadmap'. It seems that those of us who can readily see the futility of heading down this path cannot fathom how American/Western European leadership fails to comprehend the reality that faces Israel -- allowing its enemy to not only gain strength but also legitimacy in the eyes of most of the world.
As other writers have pointed out repeatedly, we've been down this path before, and the only result has been greater violence against Israel, and a stronger resolve among its enemies to continue 'peace prcess' that will lead to the only peace they want -- peace without the existence of Israel. And while our Western leaders have proven through their own actions that they truly understand what it takes to defeat terrorist organizations (e.g. Al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime), they will not allow Israel to use the same formula. So, I'm left with a question that, unfortunately, may never be answered -- what will it take for the U.S (the rest of the world wwould probably follow) to finally face reality, drop the 'Roadmap' pretence, and allow its ally, Israel, to do what the U.S. knows needs to be done to eliminate the terrorist threats to its existence?
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