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From: David Dolan <ddolan@...
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Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2002 06:57:28 -0700
Subject: [ISRAELUPDATE] ISRAEL'S TERROR WAR
Shalom from Jerusalem,
Below is my latest contribution to the popular World Net Daily web site,
published this morning. It focuses on attempts by Western leaders and
media outlets to disconnect Israel from "America's war" against Islamic
fundamentalist terror led by al-Qaida. Since it was written, Prime
Minister Sharon has revealed that Al Quida agents are known to be
operating in the Gaza Strip, and working closely with radical Hizbullah
forces in Lebanon. This news comes as Israeli travelers are being warned
to stay away from several popular foreign destinations where Al Qaida
terrorists are suspected of planning imminent attacks, including
Thailand, Egypt and South Africa. Meanwhile we are thankful that a
suicide terrorist was intercepted by Israeli security forces on Thursday,
reportedly on his way to carry out yet another atrocity here in
Jerusalem. Thanks again for your prayers for us in that regard, and a
happy last day of Hanukkah to all of you who celebrate the festival of
Posted: December 6, 2002
1:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2002 WorldNetDaily.com
It is increasingly apparent that al-Qaida terrorists carried out the twin
attacks on Israeli targets in Kenya last Thursday. The nefarious group
has issued a statement claiming responsibility for the blast that
destroyed an Israeli-owned resort hotel in Mombasa, along with the SAM-7
surface-to-air missile firings that narrowly missed a packed Israeli jet
taking off from the city's international airport. The statement linked
the attacks to the August 1998 destruction of the American embassy in
Nairobi, boasting that the "fighters of al-Qaida returned to the same
place where the Crusader-Jewish coalition was hit four years ago."
Islamic jihad warriors have once again tossed in the "Christian" West
and especially the Mother of All Satans, America with the Jewish people
(notice the statement did not read "Crusader-Israeli coalition"). And so
they should, since contemporary Western culture and values are
historically rooted in Judaism and the Hebrew Bible. It is also a fact
that Israel's closest allies are located in the western half of the
globe, although diplomatic and economic ties with Asian powers like India
and China have blossomed in recent years.
Despite these realities, many Western leaders and media outlets hope or
pretend that Israel can be kept out of the U.S.-led global war against
Islamic terrorism. A recent example of this was Sunday's New York Times
article by Jerusalem-based reporter James Bennet, titled "Israel's War Is
Like America's. With a difference." In typical fashion, the author frets
that the "hard-right Likud" leader Ariel Sharon will actually carry out
his vow to pursue the terrorists who spilled the blood of Israelis
visiting Kenya. Bennet obviously disapproves of the prime minister's
pledge, maintaining that this would exactly play into al-Qaida's obvious
desire to "draw Israel into a high profile role in the American war on
When did Washington receive an exclusive patent for this war? If a French
oil tanker is attacked by Arab terrorists (as happened a couple months
ago), do officials in Paris need American approval to respond? Does
Australia need to get a White House stamp before its security agents
attempt to track down the terrorists who sent dozens of young Aussies to
premature graves in Bali? Do officials in Bonn need to come with cap in
hand before they can pursue the killers of German tourists gunned down
while visiting a Tunisian synagogue earlier this year?
Everyone understands that Osama bin Laden (if he is still alive) wants to
draft Israel into a starring role in his jihad war against "Crusader"
civilization. As Bennet points out, that was clearly Saddam Hussein's
goal as well when he blasted Tel Aviv with nightly Scuds in 1991. But if
someone comes to punch you in the face or massacre over 250 of your
citizens taking off on a commercial airplane what exactly are you
supposed to do? Do you have to be "hard right" to protest such actions?
If a democratically elected leader decides he must go after the
terrorists, is he merely seeking revenge? Is this yet another example of
the biblical (and thus Jewish) eye for an eye doctrine, no longer
Politically Correct in the enlightened West?
Who started this war anyway? According to the bleeding-heart consensus
around the globe, it was initiated by the United States and allies like
Great Britain and Israel. After all, these countries oppress, uproot and
colonize the rest of the world with gleeful impunity. Indeed, such a
description is historically not too far off the mark, especially when
looking back at the vast British Empire that the sun never set upon, or
the treatment of natives "discovered" when Europeans occupied the New
According to the militant jihadists and their worldwide sympathizers, the
worst example of Western oppression is the modern Jewish state that
arose, with "Crusader" backing, inside of the boundaries of Judaism's
ancient biblical heartland. They fiercely condemn Jews from Morocco,
India, the Ukraine, etc. for moving to their 3,500-year-old religious
center, rebuilding their ancient cities and speaking their ancestral
language. How dare the Jewish people, whose forefathers were expelled by
the very Westerners who are supposedly their co-conspirators today,
return to the biblical Promised Land!
Ariel Sharon understands the radical Islamic agenda concerning his
re-born country. To the chagrin of many right-wing political allies,
including his current foreign minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, he has
resisted consistent pressure to take tougher measures against Yasser
Arafat and his blood-soaked comrades in terrorist arms. He realizes that
the Iraqi dictator, the stifling Islamic regime in Iran, and the Arabian
Osama all need Israel as an enemy to help justify their violent
cruelties. He knows that "America's war" will be made more difficult, at
least politically, if his country is deeply drawn into it (although quiet
Israeli assistance on the ground is actually immensely helpful, say
informed military analysts).
Despite comprehending the Islamic extremist game plan, Sharon cannot just
sit back and take al-Qaida's blows, as Israel absorbed Saddam's attacks
during the Gulf War. The situation is very different this time around.
Israel is not facing a month or two of unpleasant assaults. Today, her
Muslim attackers openly declare that they will not rest until Israel is
destroyed, just as they threaten to wipe America off the world map.
Whether Western leaders and media pundits like it or not, Israel is fully
involved in "America's war." Indeed, she has been at the forefront of
radical Islam's jihad sword for many decades now. Asking Sharon to meekly
absorb al-Qaida's latest blows is not going to alter anything, apart from
further encouraging Islamic true believers that they will ultimately
triumph in the first war of the 21st century.
DAVID DOLAN is a Jerusalem-based author and journalist. A new edition of
his latest book, ISRAEL IN CRISIS: WHAT LIES AHEAD? is continuing to sell
very well after being published late last year by Baker/Revell. You may
order it at a special discount price, along with a newly updated edition
of his end time novel, THE END OF DAYS, by visiting his web site at
www.ddolan.com, or by phoning 888-890-6938 in North America, or by e mail
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