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Peace and terrorism

Reader comment on item: Polls, Palestinians and the Path to Peace

Submitted by Arlinda DeAngelis (United States), Feb 18, 2003 at 15:13

There is an old American parable. Once upon a time a cowboy attempted to go to sleep under the stars. A snake crawled under his blanklet and the cowboy jumped up and threw the snake out. The snake begged and pleaded, "Please don't kill me." "I'm so cold and tired." "I'll die out here without a little warmth." The cowboy responded, "You're a snake and you'll bite me." "I can't let you sleep with me." "Please," said the snake, "I won't bite you." "I promise." "I'm just cold and scared." "Okay said the good hearted cowboy." Next morning the cowboy got up with a terrible pain in his leg from a snake bite." The cowboy was outraged and said "Why did you bite me?" "I helped you." And the snake said, "because I'm a snake."

The Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization is a terrorist organization. It is neither nation nor country nor a defined ethnic group. It has no institutions of law , education, health care, no military, no democratically elected leadership and no economy. It does have an abundance of jobless uneducated young people willling to kill themselves for Allah, women who cheer for their own oppression, an endless supply of bombs, prosperous leaders with families stationed in Paris and an unbridled anger towards the only liberal democratic nation in its midst, Israel. It bears none of the responsibilities of a nation because it isn't one. It is indeed, a snake.

The United States cannot fight terrorism by legitimizing another imperial Islamic terrorist state which is what will happen if we coerce Israel into negotiations with the Palestinians. We should have been fighting with the Israelis against the terrorists. Imperial Islam sought to destroy Israel through the Palestinians and the United Nations chided Israel. "Negotiate," "appease," "give back" was the mantra. Then imperial Islam attacked the United States and the United Nations said, "inspections," "appease," "save lives."

Peace at all costs is not peace. Maybe a cease fire, maybe a respite only to fight again another day, but not peace. To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, peace without democracy is to wish for what never was or ever will be.

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