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Deterrence is a Joke

Reader comment on item: Israel's Unnecessary War in Lebanon

Submitted by Dan Rusen (Canada), Jul 18, 2006 at 19:15

It is interesting to note how Dr. Pipes slams Israel for its heretofore hubris in expecting to be able to bargain with her enemies since 1993.

Yet he says little about the USA, which is fighting exactly the same enemy since the first attack on the World Trade center; and American hubris knows no bounds. America was actually the big partner in that idiotic 'peace process'. Many American diplomats and advisers even have the nerve to suggest that Israel use 'restraint'. How much restraint did the US government show in Afghanistan and Iraq? At least Israel is now doing what is necessary to fight them off, even going further than most western democracies are willing, such as by profiling and spying and eavesdropping - besides actually bombing and strafing.

It would be useful if Dr. Pipes would turn his criticism to the western chickenhearted democracies that hope to appease these Islamofascist monsters. In the midst of all the rockets, bombs, shooting, and death most of these countries are even today actually calling for a return to that laughable 'roadmap'. It is long overdue that the US and the rest of the western democracies take a page out of Israel's military book, and get really and deadly serious about reducing the power of its enemies, too many of which are already comfortably installed in their countries as a fifth column. The very least of what should be done is to warn our citizenry about these lslamists. And then warn all Muslims - as has Australia - to watch their step, and act like they belong in a western country. Yes, and then arrest or deport those who violate or threaten our institutions.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have often criticized the U.S. government for reasons parallel to yours, but I don't hold it responsible for Israel's mistakes.

For a discussion of this, see "Sharon's Gaza Withdrawal – Made in Washington?"

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